Forests provide essential products for infrastructure, housing development and sustainable cities.
  • 18% of the world’s population use forests to form a significant part of their shelter, including walls, roofs and floors.
  • In Uganda, 46% of houses are constructed from mud and poles, retrieved from forests; 52% of houses are constructed using wood-fired bricks; and 42% of houses have thatched roofs. This equates to 97% of all houses constructed from forest products.
  • Forests contribute to “green infrastructure” – the use of natural vegetation to support stormwater management, climate adaptation, air quality, and sustainable food, energy and water production. This is often a natural process in rural areas, and is becoming used more frequently in the design of sustainable cities.
The CIFOR Strategy 2016-2025 aligns CIFOR’s research with the Sustainable Development Goals, to put CIFOR’s work into the context of the new climate and development agenda.

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