About this Research Topic
Forest-related livelihoods in Africa have a two-way relationship with the SDGs, as actions to sustain and improve rural, peri-urban and urban forest-related livelihoods may contribute to the SDGs. But SDG initiatives may also undermine the livelihoods of forest-dependent people, particularly when interrelationships between income, energy, industrialisation, food and nutritional security and health are not coherent. We invite papers on conceptual, modelling and empirical work examining forest-poverty relationships, including sustainable economic growth (e.g. scaling up of small and medium forest enterprises, community-private sector partnerships, large-scale industrial development of wood and non-wood forest products and new markets (e.g. carbon credits, payment for environmental services, forest ecotourism). Theoretical contributions, studies at local or regional levels where people’s lives, livelihoods and resilience, and coping and adaptation strategies based on forest products have improved, while conserving the natural resource base, are especially valuable. A focus on solutions and lessons learned – from both successes but also failures, are welcome.
Keywords: African Forest, African Livelihoods, SDGs, Economic Growth, Forest Products
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