African scientists call for better forests management to boost climate resilience

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Mombasa – The transition to a low carbon future in sub-Saharan Africa will be realised once the continent prioritises sustainable management of its vast tropical forests, say scientists.

At a forum in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, the scientists are calling for enhanced protection of Africa’s forested landscapes, given the immense role of forests in climate response, poverty alleviation, food and water security.

Godwin Kowero, the executive secretary of the Nairobi-based African Forest Forum, stressed that taming the continent’s rapidly-unfolding climate crisis hinged on sound conservation of its equatorial forests, dry-lands and marine ecosystems.

“As the continent grapples with climate change, we need to look at forests as key to the success of mitigation and adaptation efforts,” said Kowero, who believes that forests and trees outside the natural forests will not only stabilise climate, but also support livelihoods of rural communities.

Convened by the African Forest Forum, the Mombasa forum will take place in a hybrid format from March 28 to April 1. It brings together senior policymakers, scientists, industry players and green advocates to discuss best practices on integrating the forestry sector in climate action. Read more