The 10th Anniversary of the African Forest Forum (AFF) was celebrated on 22 May 2019, at the Amani Gardens, Karura Forest Service grounds in Nairobi Kenya. The celebration of this important anniversary presented an opportunity for AFF’s founding members, members forum, secretariat, Governing Council and partners involved in its evolution to reflect on the achievements to date as well as to take stock of the challenges with which it is confronted.
The focus of AFF was directed towards forestry and related issues that cut across countries and different African sub-regions with the aim to further improve the public image and awareness of the institution, which, a decade later, is more relevant than ever. Specific objectives were to:
- Celebrate 10 years of hard work by founding members, staff, members forum and partners of the African Forest Forum (AFF);
- Recognize role past generosity of major donors had played in laying basis for current success;
- Highlight AFF’s programmatic approach and plans for the future to secure further institutional and financial support;
- Increase the number of AFF members with a commitment to the sustainable management, wise use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources;
- Seek press coverage to raise the profile of forestry, highlight threats to forest resources and the environment, and champion better management of African forests.