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The main thrust of this strategic objective is to raise the profile of forestry, highlight threats to forest resources and the environment, and champion better management of African forests. In defining and delivering our message we consider the local culture and collaborate closely with local stakeholders. We take into consideration the policy dimension, civil society dimension, democratic space dimension, and individual gain dimension.

Our Forestry Advocacy Strategy

The issues

What do we want to change?

  • Untapped opportunities in forest products & services for poverty alleviation
  • Low political profile of the forestry sector
  • Weak forestry institutions across the continent
  • Inadequate participation of Africa in relevant global processes
Key players

Whom do we want to influence?

  • Local government,
  • National government including core ministries (agriculture, environment, water authorities),
  • Civil society, private sector,
  • International donors, and multi-lateral organizations.
Our allies

With whom can we work?

  • Forestry practitioners
  • Public forest services
  • Regional bodies
  • Development partners
Approaches and tools

What approaches and tools work best?

  • Meetings, lobbying, negotiation & dialogue
  • Reports, letters & policy briefs
  • Mass media & media releases
  • Email & internet
Monitoring and evaluation

How do we measure our progress?

  • Setting SMART objectives (SMART = Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound)
  • Assessing the resources needed
  • Formulating verifiable indicators and sources of verification
  • Setting up reporting systems
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