Forests and poverty reduction
Improving the linkages between national forest programmes and poverty reduction strategies in Africa
In partnership with the Kenya Forest Service and the National Forest Programme Facility, FAO organized a regional workshop which took place in Nairobi from 20 to 22 November 2007. The ten countries which participated in the study exchanged ideas on how to increase the presence and influence of forestry in central decision-making processes and, to this end, explored practical ways to make national forest programmes an integral part of national development plans and poverty reduction strategies. More than 40 participants attended from government and international organizations, including ministries outside forestry – finance, planning and economic development, national statistics, environment, and agriculture, among others.
In addition to validating the main findings and conclusions of the study, each country identified their own priorities for follow-up action and prepared a preliminary work plan for implementation. Click here to view workshop proceedings