AFF Community of Practice on ‘advancing women in African forestry in the context of climate change’


The loss of natural forests through deforestation and forest degradation is estimated to now account for about one fourth of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Smith P. et al. 2014). Forests not only serve as an essential carbon “sinks”, they also provide livelihoods, subsistence and income for more than 1.6 billion of the global poor. (UNDP, 2017). Those who rely on forests for their livelihoods are among the poorest people on the planet, and they are disproportionately women.

Growing literature indicates that gender-based barriers exist across major international and national policy processes. The needs and contributions of women in African forestry are often overlooked while the inequalities of their roles, rights and responsibilities shape the ways they participate in decision making benefit from forest and tree resources, and ability to cope with the adverse effects of the changing climate.

The empowerment of women through education, continuous learning and information sharing offers a potential pathway for inclusion in higher-level institutional decision-making in the forestry sector.

As identified in the AFF Knowledge Management Strategy (2021-2025), Communities of Practice (CoPs) can serve as an efficient and easily accessible way for information sharing and learning.

Applied to gender equality and social inclusion in forestry related challenges within the context of climate change, this Community of Practice aims to allow a geographically and professionally women-led audience to tackle the complexity of issues needed to support sustainable and equitable development solutions.


Date: 11-21 July 2022 (Weekdays)

Time: 11.00a.m-2.00p.m Nairobi time / 8.00a.m-11.00a.m GMT

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When: Jul 11, 2022 11:00 AM Nairobi

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