Forests around the world still provide direct nutritional and medicinal benefits, fuelwood for food preparation and livelihoods from landscape-based production systems that support hundreds of millions of rural people. Sustainable landscapes where smallholder agriculture and forests are integrated not only benefit local livelihoods, but also the global climate, global food security, biodiversity and the retention of water and soil fertility.
A STRONG CIVIL SOCIETY FOR INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - Forested landscapes form the cornerstone of the livelihoods of about 1.2 billion people: almost 20% of the world’s population.
In Western Africa, FLEGT-VPA and REDD+ have become main drivers for reforms in forest governance and land-use, with both processes currently ongoing in Ghana, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. Both FLEGT-VAP and REDD+ processes are designed through extensive consultations with all stakeholders involved, including Non-State actors (NSAs).