This sought to generate information and knowledge on climate change issues, to support actors in the forestry sector to formulate appropriate forest policies, programs, plans and activities that have potential to strengthen sustainable forest management in a changing climate context. The study undertook an in-depth analysis that could provide information to enhance national forest governance to respond to the Paris Agreement (PA) and related global climate change policies and initiatives in Central and West Africa. Specifically, this study assessed forest governance and national forest sector contribution to NDCs in West and Central African countries. The study used context and policy analysis of existing literature from secondary data from Central and West Africa, which was triangulated with primary data collected from the field. The study covered selected case study countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Mali, Gambia, Liberia, and Benin. A total of 48 respondents were interviewed as illustrated in Figure 1. Primary data were collected through interviews (face-to-face and email). Data collected (quantitative and qualitative) were subjected to descriptive statistical analysis using SPSS version 24 from which charts, and tables were generated and translated into the study deliverables.