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TBI in Côte d’Ivoire supports non state actors to engage and advocate on forest and land governance issues important to them.
Côte d’Ivoire has lost most of its forests, but it still has remnants of forest that are important for the local economies, employment, building and biodiversity. Restoration of the countries forested landscapes will be a major challenge during the coming years.
Côte d’Ivoire’s forestry sector, both industrial and small scale, is organised mainly to exploit the forests, not to manage forestry resources sustainably. The involvement of, and benefits accruing to, local communities and people from forest management is non-existent. And conflicts are striving.
Agricultural commodities, mainly Cocoa and to a lesser extent also rubber and oil palm, are key for the country’s economy, employment, farmers entrepreneurship and people’s livelihoods. However, the balance between the country’s forests and land for agriculture has been lost and climate change with longer spells of drought are real and is affecting the country and its people.
There are important new initiatives to promote integrated agriculture-forest development and ensure deforestation free increase of agricultural productivity; the cocoa and forestry sectors are committing to working together to restore forested landscapes and improve both cocoa and forest productivity.
There is a need to improve the national policy process regarding forests and integrated agriculture-forest developments. TBI has identified the Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) as an important tool to inform the national policy debate and improve practices. As IFM reinforces real-time participation of a variety of non-state actors and it functions as a watch-dog by producing real-time evidence of what actually happens “on-the-ground”.