Review of Public Forestry Administrations and Related Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • F Owino
Keywords: Sustainable forest management, public forest administration, capacity building, national forest programmes, improved governance


The main findings of a study on forest administration and related institutional arrangements (PFA) are highlighted.
The relevance and changing roles of PFA in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries are covered in the context of new
paradigm for sustainable forest management (SFM). The current weak capacities and low profiles of PFA in SSA
countries are addressed and some recommendations are made on actions for positive changes. It is recommended
that SSA countries should take appropriate steps to stabilize and strengthen their PFAs through improved
governance and to actively participate in the emerging initiative on African forest law enforcement and governance
(AFLEG). It is recommended that SSA countries should take immediate steps to mobilize additional resources for
PFAs through forest income retention schemes, national forest funds/trusts and through collaboration with nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs) and the private sector. It is also recommended that SSA countries should
mobilize resources through continental and/or regional initiatives on capacity building for PFA.

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eISSN: 1015-079X