Mountain Gorrilas in Bwindi  Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Photo credits: Duncan Wright/2005. Used via Creative Commons license. 
 Nairobi, 26 April 2017 – The African Forest Forum (AFF) in collaboration with Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, will hold a regional workshop on “Sharing of knowledge and experiences on SFM and climate change in African forestry” from 22 to 26 May 2017 in Entebbe, Uganda.
The participants will be exposed to experiences with some Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) initiatives and how they can make a major contribution to achieving development and climate change goals. The five day workshop will also include round table discussions with African media to facilitate wider knowledge exchange and sharing of experiences that could better profile the forest sector.
This information sharing workshop will draw seventy participants from public forest administration, non-governmental organizations, research, academia, media institutions, private sector as well as youth and women based organizations on forestry and related issues  in sub-Saharan Africa. It will provide an opportunity for the participants to interact with a panel of international experts on priority and emerging issues worked on by AFF during the last two years and develop a strategy to:

establish and operate a forum for dialogue to enhance collaboration and mechanisms of sharing experiences in the African continent on SFM and related issues;
strengthen exchange amongst specialists and negotiators to various forestry related processes like those  under  UNFF,   UNCCD, and UNFCCC;
promote and facilitate policy and institutional frameworks that enhances integration  of adaptation and mitigation of forest mechanisms in Africa and forest law enforcement, good forest governance and fair trade of forest products and public private partnership in forestry.

This regional workshop and the media event are made possible with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) on two projects, namely: African Forests, People and Climate Change; and Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa, respectively. Both projects seek to generate and share knowledge and information through partnerships in ways that will provide inputs into policy options and capacity building efforts in order to improve forest management in a manner that better addresses poverty eradication and environmental protection in Africa.
For further information on the regional workshop contact:
Prof. Larwanou Mahamane
Head, Programme Management Unit
African Forest Forum
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 30677-00100
Nairobi, Kenya