Dry forest research at CIFOR:From strategy to implementation?   CIFOR Annual Meeting, October 1st 2012
Global dry forests
Dry forests of Africa         §  Cover 54% of the continent         §  Home to ca 500 million people         §  High in...
CIFOR’s work in dry forests§  Early focus on Southern Africa, then expanded to West and East    Africa§  Initially drive...
Products of dry forest research                                             C    e   n   t   e   r       f   o   r    I   ...
Attempts to re-engage post CCER
Moving ahead§  Recommendations from Durban workshop have been summarised    and provide a useful structure for completion...
Before we have another strategy on           the shelf…..§  What have been the constraints to moving from strategy to    ...
Dry forest research at CIFOR: From strategy to implementation?
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Dry forest research at CIFOR: From strategy to implementation?

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Dry forests cover 54% of the African continent and provide important safety nets to the 500 million or so people that live in or around them. This presentation gives an overview of CIFOR’s work in dry forests, and attempts to reengage and move forward with this vital research. The presentation was used as an introduction to a session on dry forests at CIFOR’s Annual Meeting 2012, which was held on 1–5 October at the headquarters in Bogor, Indonesia.

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Dry forest research at CIFOR: From strategy to implementation?

  1. 1. Dry forest research at CIFOR:From strategy to implementation? CIFOR Annual Meeting, October 1st 2012
  2. 2. Global dry forests
  3. 3. Dry forests of Africa §  Cover 54% of the continent §  Home to ca 500 million people §  High incidence of rural poverty §  Provide up to 25% of rural income §  Important safety nets for many households §  Major source of ecosystem services and carbon sequestration
  4. 4. CIFOR’s work in dry forests§  Early focus on Southern Africa, then expanded to West and East Africa§  Initially driven by staff skills and professional interests, rather than a strategy per se§  First CIFOR strategy for dry forests prepared by Gill Sheppard in 2002§  Second “strategy consultation” in 2005§  2009 CCER recommended that CIFOR should focus on greater engagement with dry forest research§  BoT concurred and mandated the institution to increase investment in dry forests, and investigate expanded global strategy§  A further strategy framework was then prepared§  But this period coincided with reduced funding for the dry forest regions (e.g. Zambia, Burkina Faso) following ending of restricted projects (SIDA)
  5. 5. Products of dry forest research C e n t e r f o r I n t e r n a t i o n a l F o r e s t r y R e s e a r c h Forest June 2004 Number 3 Livelihood Briefs Making dry forests work for the poor in Africa - building on success Lessons learned Eradicating poverty is arguably the greatest global challenge facing the world today and is a necessary precondition for sustainable development. To reach the poverty-reduction goals, bold action is required. In this Livelihood Brief we highlight some success stories, showing how sustainable management of forest resources has led to positive livelihood impacts. Four main lessons can be learned from these. • Forest products can enhance peoples livelihoods, but creating value requires changing the form or location of the products or the timing of their delivery to markets. • Entrepreneurship is important. The people who succeeded had the confidence to seize the initiative when opportunities arose. • Organisation matters; where people can organise themselves they benefit from opportunities to exchange information, learn from each others experiences, share resources, and undertake joint The Miombo in Transition: activities. They have more voice. • External assistance can make a difference, by helping people improve the quality of their products, gain access to technology and markets, or overcome other barriers to entry. Woodlands and Welfare Liquid gold - building livelihoods and the Zambian economy in Africa "It is the second honey flow" said Pious Makeche as he scooped comb honey from the bucket in front of the buyers scales, "and it is pure, Over the last decade, when economic conditions have worsened for most rural folks in this remote part of Zambia, honey is one of liquid gold that will buy my son a bicycle to go the positive developments. Sales bring income Edited by Bruceschool."March and May, when the tall to Campbell second honey flow occurs between The to poor households. A kilo of raw honey earns a household about 40 US cents - almost half the mutondo trees of North-Western Province, average daily income. Demand is growing. New Zambia, burst into flower at the end of the production technologies, such as the top bar rainy season. The mutondo, one of the hive, are encouraging thousands of women to commonest trees of the vast miombo become producers in their own right. woodlands of Central Africa, yields high-quality Discerning buyers are gradually promoting nectar that African bees turn into a fragrant, more sustainable harvesting practices, e.g. by light amber honey. The producers harvest not buying the watery honey taken from the beehives hanging from branches throughout the wild. forest. Comb honey is packed in buckets and sold to producer cooperatives and private But much remains to be done to extend the companies for refining and export to Europe. benefits to more rural households. Producers Large tracts of land in the miombo are certified and extension workers need to know how to organic - assuring the consumer of a natural, increase yields and quality. Buyers need lower clean product and guaranteeing the producer a financial borrowing rates. The marketing and CIFORCENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH good market. processing infrastructure requires urgent
  6. 6. Attempts to re-engage post CCER
  7. 7. Moving ahead§  Recommendations from Durban workshop have been summarised and provide a useful structure for completion of Africa strategy§  Currently working on integrating dry forest issues from Latin America and South Asia for a global forest strategy
  8. 8. Before we have another strategy on the shelf…..§  What have been the constraints to moving from strategy to implementation in dry forests?§  What can those based in the regions do more/better to ensure a more strategic and integrated approach to work in dry forests?§  What can be done better at HQ to support the dry forest team?

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