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Title: Improving Forest Governance in East Africa’s Eastern Arc Mountains
Authors: Antwi-Agyei, Philip
Benkenstein, Alex
Ojoyi, Mercy Mwanikah
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: South African Institute of International Affairs
Citation: South African Institute of International Affairs; June,2017
Abstract: Natural forests play a central role in the conservation of flora and fauna. They also provide a range of ecosystem services that are important for both local livelihoods and broader human welfare, for example, acting as sinks for carbon dioxide. The critical role of natural forests in carbon sequestration has long been recognised in global efforts to address climate change. However, natural forests continue to suffer degradation as a result of anthropogenic activities. Although Africa’s share of historical carbon emissions is relatively small on a global scale, it does contribute significantly to carbon emissions emanating specifically from changing land-use patterns and deforestation. During 2000–05, the Africa region accounted for 17% of total carbon emissions relating to changing land-use patterns and deforestation, a period during which the continent lost an average of four million hectares of forests a year, second only to South America.2 Investments in conserving and managing Africa’s forests sustainably, adequately managing fires, and tackling proximate and underlying causes in adjacent sectors – particularly agriculture, energy and infrastructure – will contribute significantly to curbing global climate change,while providing significant livelihood opportunities at the local level.
Description: An article published by South African Institute of International Affairs; June,2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11579
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