African Forests, People and Climate Change – Phase II

Projet terminé

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. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Changement climatique & environnement
Politique de l’environnement
Protection de la biosphère
Politique de sylviculture
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.

Groupes cibles

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.

Effets à moyen terme

(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.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

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.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

(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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution universitaire et de recherche étrangère
Institution universitaire et de recherche suisse
  • Haute école spécialisée bernoise
  • Groupe consultatif pour la recherche agricole internationale

Autres partenaires

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

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    5’220’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    5’216’944 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   14’500’000
Phases du projet Phase 3 15.11.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours)

Phase 2 01.01.2015 - 31.05.2018   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.11.2010 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)