African Forests, People and Climate Change – Phase II

Project completed

The impacts of climate change are posing a major threat to the future development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Improved capacities and knowledge about the forest-climate change nexus is crucial to make sure that the full potential of African forests and trees is mobilized for adapting to climate change and mitigating the adverse effects in the different ecosystems in ways that enhance livelihoods, sustain biodiversity, and improve the quality of the environment. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Environmental policy
Biosphere protection
Forestry policy
01.01.2015 - 31.05.2018
CHF 5'220'000

Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to face significant impacts from climate change, both on economies and the social system. Forests and trees can play a crucial role in helping to adapt to climate change and mitigate greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Strengthening and further developing the forest-climate nexus, therefore, is a key issue for Africa’s future development.


Build capacities of stakeholders to strengthen the role of Africa’s forests and trees to adapt to climate change and mitigate its adverse effects in various landscapes in ways that will enhance livelihoods, sustain biodiversity, and improve the quality of the environment. This will be achieved through programmatic and institutional strengthening of the African Forest Forum (AFF) in ways that foster an independent and objective analysis of related issues, promote advocacy, and offer advice on all relevant policy and technical issues in forests and climate change.

Target groups

African Forest Forum members and relevant stakeholders in forestry and climate change – with a special focus on African policy decision makers. The people living throughout the African continent will be supported to better adapt to the adverse effects of climate change by an enhanced role of African forestry.

Medium-term outcomes

(1) Knowledge and capacities of African stakeholders in managing forests and landscapes in the context of climate change improved;

(2) Policies and initiatives relevant to forests and climate change better informed by science.


Expected results:  

Better knowledge and skills on climate change and forests; raised profile of the forest sector; better application of mitigation and adaptation measures in the forest sector;  policies that integrate adaptation/mitigation promoted by policy makers.

Results from previous phases:  

(1) Status of forestry in relevant initiatives evaluated and documented;

(2) Overview of capacities of public forest administrations;

(3) Current trade pattern and future potentials assessed;

(4) Training and research needs assessed;

(5) Information about how women, youth and vulnerable people are featured in forest-climate change programmes gathered.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign academic and research organisation
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
  • Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

Other partners

Relevant regional institutions, in particular the African Union Commission and the regional economic commissions; the African Development Bank; concerned global initiatives and conventions.

Coordination with other projects and actors

Swedish Sida and SDC closely coordinate their programme to support the operational planning of AFF. Programmatic collaboration is sought with relevant multilateral thematic institutions.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   5'220'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   5'216'944 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  14'500'000
Project phases Phase 3 15.11.2018 - 31.12.2021   (Current phase)

Phase 2 01.01.2015 - 31.05.2018   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.11.2010 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)