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.
As part of the project Governing Multifunctional Landscapes (GML), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is hosting an online event at the upcoming Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) to discuss how to promote more sustainable wood-fuel value chains across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenya’s population is rapidly growing and urbanizing, which is driving a soaring demand for charcoal in the country’s main cities. Studies show that charcoal production increased between 1.6 to 2.5 tons a year between 2004 to 2012, while revenues grew from $0.3 to $1.6 billion in the same period.