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Managing the Miombo Woodlands of Southern Africa : Policies, Incentives and Options for the Rural Poor, Volume 1. Main Report

ACCESS TO FOREST AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION AGRICULTURAL LAND AGRICULTURAL LAND USE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION ALLUVIAL SOILS ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE ANIMALS ANNUAL RAINFALL APICULTURE ARABLE LAND BARK BEAR BENEFIT SHARING BIODIVERSITY BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION BIODIVERSITY MAINTENANCE BIOGEOGRAPHY BIOMASS BIOMASS PRODUCTION BOREAL FORESTS BUILDING MATERIAL BURNING BUSH FIRES CANOPY CARBON SEQUESTRATION CATERPILLARS CATTLE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH CHARCOAL CHARCOAL MAKING CHARCOAL PRODUCTION CHARISMATIC MAMMALS CIVIL WARS CLIMATE CHANGE COMMERCIAL LOGGING COMMERCIALIZATION COMMUNITY CONSERVATION COMMUNITY FORESTRY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT CONCESSION CONSERVANCY CONSERVATION CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES CONSERVATION OF WILDLIFE CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL CONSUMER DEMAND CROP FAILURE CULTIVATION DEFORESTATION RATES DEGRADATION DRY FOREST DRY FORESTS DRY SEASON DRY WOODLAND DRY WOODLANDS ECOLOGICAL STUDIES EFFECTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT ELEPHANT ENDEMISM ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES EXPORT PERMITS FALLOW LAND FIRE MANAGEMENT FIREWOOD FISH FISHER FODDER FOLIAGE FOOD PLANTS FOOD RESOURCE FOREST FOREST ACT FOREST AREA FOREST AREAS FOREST CONSERVATION FOREST COVER FOREST DEPARTMENT FOREST GOVERNANCE FOREST INDUSTRY FOREST INSTITUTIONS FOREST INVENTORY FOREST LAW FOREST LOSS FOREST MANAGEMENT FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS FOREST MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOREST OPERATIONS FOREST ORGANIZATIONS FOREST POLICIES FOREST POLICY FOREST PRODUCT FOREST PRODUCTS FOREST REGION FOREST RESEARCH FOREST RESERVES FOREST RESOURCES FOREST TYPES FOREST USERS FORESTER FORESTERS FORESTRY DEPARTMENT FORESTRY PROGRAMS FORESTRY RESEARCH FORESTRY SECTOR FORESTS FUELWOOD GIBBON GRASSLAND GRASSLANDS GROWTH RATES GUMS HABITAT CONSERVATION HABITATS HARDWOOD FORESTS HARDWOODS HERBIVORES HIGH DIVERSITY HIGH QUALITY TIMBER HUNTING ILLEGAL LOGGING ILLEGAL LOGGING OPERATIONS INSECT INSECTS ISSUES LAND CLEARANCE LAND CLEARING LAND CLEARING FOR AGRICULTURE LAND POLICY LAND USE LAND-USE LEAF LITTER LEAVED TREES LIVESTOCK LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT LOCAL CONSERVATION LOG MEDICINAL PLANT MEDICINAL PLANTS MIXED HARDWOOD MOIST FORESTS MOTHS MOUNDS NATIONAL FOREST NATIONAL FOREST INVENTORY NATIVE FORESTS NATURAL RESOURCE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT NATURAL RESOURCES NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OAK OAK FORESTS OLD GROWTH OPEN WOODLANDS ORCHID PLANT PLANT BIODIVERSITY PLANT SPECIES PLANTING POACHERS PUBLIC FORESTRY PUBLIC FORESTRY INSTITUTIONS PULP REGENERATION RESERVED FORESTS RESERVES RESINS RHINO RIVER SYSTEMS ROUNDWOOD RURAL COMMUNITIES RURAL DEVELOPMENT RURAL ECONOMIES RURAL ECONOMY SAFARI SAFARI OPERATORS SAFETY NET SAFETY NETS SEASONAL CYCLE SEASONAL GRAZING SET ASIDE SILVICULTURAL SYSTEMS SILVICULTURE SPECIES SPECIES ASSOCIATIONS SPECIES COMPOSITION SPECIES DIVERSITY SPECIES RICHNESS SPORT HUNTING SUPPLIERS SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABLE EXTRACTION SUSTAINABLE FOREST SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT SUSTAINABLE USE TAPPING TEMPERATE FORESTS TERMITE TIMBER TIMBER EXPORTS TIMBER FOREST TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS TIMBER HARVESTING TIMBER MARKET TIMBER PRODUCTION TIMBER PRODUCTS TIMBER SPECIES TIMBER TRADE TOLERANT TREE TOLERANT TREE SPECIES TOURISM TOURISM INDUSTRY TREE TREE SPECIES TREES TROPICAL DEFORESTATION TROPICAL FORESTS UNEMPLOYMENT LEVELS USE OF FOREST VEGETATION VEGETATION TYPES VILLAGE FOREST VILLAGES WATERSHED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT WATERSHED PROTECTION WILD MEAT WILDLIFE WILDLIFE AREAS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT WOOD EXTRACTION WOOD PRODUCTS WOODLAND WOODLAND RESOURCES WOODLANDS WOODY SPECIES
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Washington, DC
Africa | Southern Africa
2014-08-20T19:51:34Z | 2014-08-20T19:51:34Z | 2008-05

Miombo woodlands stretch across Southern Africa in a belt from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the west to Mozambique in the east. The miombo region covers an area of around 2.4 million km. In some areas, miombo has been highly degraded as a result of human use (southern Malawi and parts of Zimbabwe), while in others, it remains relatively intact (such as in parts of northern Mozambique, and in isolated areas of Angola and the DRC). From a conventional forester's perspective, miombo is fundamentally uninteresting. It supports relatively few good commercial timber species. The management of commercial species has been problematic. The best areas were logged over long ago. Except in a few areas, remaining commercially viable stocks are relatively small and difficult to access. Public forestry institutions have, for the most part, failed to put in place effective management systems for forests, preferring instead to limit their role to regulation and revenue collection, rather than to management per se. The objectives of this paper are threefold, and the paper is structured around these objectives. First, in section two, the paper describes some of opportunities for improving the use and management of miombo woodlands. Second, in section three, outline some of the barriers which are preventing households, communities, and countries from adopting better and more sustainable woodland management practices. In section four, by exploring some of the policy opportunities for removing these barriers, with the objective of strengthening miombo's contribution to reducing risk and vulnerability of poor rural households through sustainable forest management.

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