Forests are fundamental to multifunctional landscapes, providing invaluable ecosystem services, and supporting rural livelihoods and economies through their contributions to income, food, and energy needs. The functionality of forests is threatened by unsustainable use of forest resources and pressures from competing land uses. This demands concerted efforts to harmonize forest relevant policies and regulations and ensure these adequately respond to place-specific drivers of change. This project seeks to identify and support the implementation of viable news mechanisms to achieve this. It does this by using participatory approaches to unpack how effectively and sustainably income, food, and energy demands within multifunctional landscapes are met. This in turn enables the project to identify governance options that resolve structural inefficiencies and social-ecological trade-offs.
The project in a nutshell
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)’s Governing Multifunctional Landscapes in Sub-Saharan Africa (GML) project, funded by the European Union, is working to implement a jurisdictional approach towards zero-deforestation agro-commodities in Eastern Ghana’s Atiwa landscape. How will this be achieved? By building a business case and developing strategies and action pathways for sustainable landscape development. With this aim, CIFOR is convening all stakeholders in the landscape – local government, traditional authorities, farmers and agricultural producers, companies and traders sourcing agro-commodities, forest users, other NGOs and research institutions – to jointly work on a ‘green’ landscape development strategy.
Using waste to meet the country’s growing energy demand could reduce impact on forests
The circular economy is an economic and industrial model that keeps products, including their components and materials, in circulation for as long as possible to promote sustainability.
An appeal to protect Cameroon’s fragile shoreline ecosystem
Cameroon – Cameroon is home to some of Africa’s largest mangrove forests. The country’s unique shoreline ecosystems host important biodiversity, including mangroves and other tree species that can reach heights of up to 40 meters.