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The main thrust of this strategic objective is to develop, solicit funding for, and implement specific programs, projects and activities that address the following priority issues and opportunities in African forestry:

  • Modernizing and improving public forest administrations
  • Development of business models that link primary forest production to markets
  • Opportunities and challenges in developing and managing forest plantations
  • Improving forest concessions to enhance sustainable forest management
  • Enhancing commercialization of tree crops on farms
  • Rehabilitation of degraded forests and parklands
  • Strengthening forestry education and research
  • Enhancing community based forest management contribution to livelihoods and environmental protection
  • Forests and climate change: awareness, adaptation, mitigation and carbon trade
  • Support to Africa in international negotiations on forestry
  • Forest-water relations: safeguarding water supplies and livelihoods
  • Bio-energy: potential, constraints and threats to forestry and livelihoods
  • Transferring to Africa lessons, experiences, information, technologies and science on development of SFM from outside the continent
  • Information management and dissemination
  • Facilitate good governance of forest resources and fair trade in their products.

Our Programming Strategy

Setting priorities

  • Undertake a proper analysis of forestry and related issues in Africa
  • Take into account variance of issues across space and time
  • Ensure that priorities are the result of engagement with stakeholders and do not duplicate or conflict with other ongoing initiatives
  • Ensure alignment with national & sub-regional priorities

Identifying objectives and targets

  • Objectives should be set in terms of desired outcomes
  • Objectives and targets should be SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, timebound)
  • Ensure complementarity among economic, social and environmental outcomes to achieving the stated objectives and put in place mitigatory measures if conflict exist
  • Ensure women and minority groups interests are cared for in the program/project design

Involving stakeholders in development and implementation

  • Ensure key stakeholders at national and regional levels are identified and engaged
  • Put in place a mechanism to ensure identified stakeholders are effectively involved throughout the program/project stages
  • Set participation & communications methods (face-to-face, electronic) to be used
  • Clarify partners’ role and expectations

Monitoring and evaluations

  • Establish proactive technical oversight that monitors process models, lessons learned, and continuous feedback from stakeholders
  • Budget for independent, impartial and scientific evaluation
  • Monitoring should clearly build on specified objectives and targets
  • Ensure both output and outcome monitoring indicators are functional
  • Ensure there is adequate baseline information for evaluation of impacts
  • The scope of evaluations should include lessons learned with corrective action, forecasting outcomes from past performance, as well as integrity of the deliverables
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