November 17, 2021

How to preserve Africa’s forests and build a green economy

  • Africa faces unprecedented challenges of rapid population growth and climate adaptation.
  • The continent is well positioned to harness nature-based solutions through sustainable forestry.
  • UN-backed project in Gabon proves it’s possible to protect biodiversity and create jobs.

By 2055, the African population is expected to double from its current level to 2.7 billion. The continent is also projected to see the fastest rate of urban growth anywhere in the world: by 2050 Africa’s cities will be home to an additional 950 million people. This is expected to take place at a time when African societies will need to transform their economies to address the unprecedented impacts of climate change and land degradation.

These challenges offer a series of important and game-changing opportunities if existing resources are put to better use. Most…

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