East Africa’s multitude of forested ecosystems – which include woodlands, savannah, coastal areas, mangroves, and more – hold important global reserves of biodiversity, and play critical roles for local communities, too. But climate change impacts such as prolonged drought, unpredictable rain, food insecurity, and health hazards are all taking their toll on its ecosystems and people.
Following Kenya’s hosting of the 2023 Africa Climate Summit and Africa Climate Week in early September, the region’s policymakers, practitioners, businesses, and civil society are attuned to finding solutions to climate change-related challenges on the continent – and the roles that Africa and its institutions can play in proactive climate action.
One of the region’s flagship programmes for climate action is the East and Southern Africa Forest Observatory (OFESA), which was launched in 2018 and is jointly led by the Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), with funding from the European Union.
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