Forests are fundamental to multifunctional landscapes, providing invaluable ecosystem services, and supporting rural livelihoods and economies through their contributions to income, food, and energy needs. The functionality of forests is threatened by unsustainable use of forest resources and pressures from competing land uses. This demands concerted efforts to harmonize forest relevant policies and regulations and ensure these adequately respond to place-specific drivers of change. This project seeks to identify and support the implementation of viable news mechanisms to achieve this. It does this by using participatory approaches to unpack how effectively and sustainably income, food, and energy demands within multifunctional landscapes are met. This in turn enables the project to identify governance options that resolve structural inefficiencies and social-ecological trade-offs.
Testing a jurisdictional approach to landscape governance
Africa – Located just a couple of hours drive from Ghana’s bustling capital city Accra, the Atewa forest range is a unique ecosystem. It is home to endangered and endemic species of birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies and amphibians.
A visit to a home in sub-Saharan Africa, from Namibia to Niger, will likely reveal a common feature: a fireplace or cookstove at the center of domestic life, with women cooking meals in the kitchen or a sheltered area outdoors. Families across the continent eat cooked food and drink boiled water prepared using wood fuel, either in the form of firewood or charcoal, which is becoming increasingly popular.