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Managing Forest Resources in Sub-Saharan Africa : Issues and Challenges

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE BIODIVERSITY BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES CAPACITY BUILDING CARBON COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE DEFORESTATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION EXTERNALITIES FARMERS FODDER FOREST FOREST CONSERVATION FOREST DEGRADATION FOREST INDUSTRY FOREST INVENTORIES FOREST LANDS FOREST MANAGEMENT FOREST POLICY FOREST PRESERVATION FOREST PRODUCTS FOREST RESOURCE FOREST RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOREST RESOURCE USE FOREST RESOURCES FOREST SECTOR FOREST SECTOR DEVELOPMENT FOREST STRATEGY FOREST USERS FOREST UTILIZATION FORESTRY FORESTRY ACTIVITIES FORESTRY AGENCIES FORESTRY INSTITUTIONS FORESTRY RESEARCH FORESTS LAND USE LOGGING NATURAL RESOURCE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT NATURAL RESOURCES OVERGRAZING PLANTING POLICY ENVIRONMENT POPULATION GROWTH PRODUCTIVITY REFORESTATION REGENERATION STATE FORESTRY SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT SUSTAINABLE USE TIMBER TIMBER HARVESTING TIMBER PRODUCTION TREE PLANTING TREES WATERSHED WATERSHED PROTECTION WILDLIFE WOOD WOOD INDUSTRY WOODLANDS FOREST MANAGEMENT NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DEFORESTATION FOREST DEGRADATION TROPICAL FORESTS FOREST CONSERVATION WOOD INDUSTRY COMPETITIVENESS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT POVERTY MITIGATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS GOVERNMENT ROLE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOREST POLICY LEGAL REFORM CAPACITY BUILDING HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION BANK LENDING STRATEGY MACROECONOMIC PLANNING SECTORAL PLANNING PROJECT DESIGN DONOR COORDINATION
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa
2012-08-13T10:10:30Z | 2012-08-13T10:10:30Z | 1994-06

The note summarizes the findings of the Africa Forest Strategy Paper, which responded to the problems confronting forest resources in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), providing a comprehensive overview, and analysis of the forest sector, and mapping a set of actions for consideration by African countries. The diagnosis highlights the nexus between rapid population growth, environmental degradation, and poor agricultural performance, which provides the basic context within which deforestation, and forest degradation are taking place in SSA. Fundamental challenges the region faces are the prevention of wasteful deforestation by correcting distortionary policies, and improving sustainable use; resource base increases, by broadening vegetative propagation, and tree planting; and, revival of the wood industry to enhance competitiveness. However, these challenges need to strike a balance between economic development, and conservation aims, and key actions encourage forest policy and legislative reform, strengthened by capacity building and human resources development, supported by local communities and the private sector involvement, towards improving forest-related knowledge, and technology. Areas identified for a new Bank lending strategy include the promotion of policy reforms, support investments in critical areas, as well as capacity building, and, an improved donor coordination.

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