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What is the state of transparency and accountability in the forestry sector in developing countries? And what influence are European Union policies having on national forest policies? The World Agroforestry Center has had a look at this issue with regard to a number of African countries.

At 624 million hectares, around 15.6 per cent of forests world-wide are located in the African continent. From 1990 to 2015, 81.6 million hectares of African forest vanished. This corresponds to around 60 per cent of total forest loss. Forest conservation is not only a development co-operation topic but also plays an essential role in the context of climate change, which is why the EU has already been pursuing an active policy focusing on resource-friendly forest management and combating illegal logging for some years.

A recent study by the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya, shows just how effective such a policy is. Together with the ASB Partnership for The Tropical Forest Margins Kenya, experts evaluated the forest policies of African countries. The study was presented by ICRAF Policy Consultant Patrick Worms at the EU Committee on Development in late June.

FLEGT, the European Timber Regulation and forest development

One of the most important causes of rainforest destruction is illegal logging.

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