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Les politiques publiques en matière de forêts dans l'Afrique francophone subsaharienne



Deforestation is increasing dangerously throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with serious consequences for the livelihoods of populations who depend on the availability of forest products. Forest loss is connected principally with the expansion of cultivated surfaces, the use of forests for timber — and even more so for firewood — as well as the spread of urban areas.

This Discussion Paper, in French, focuses on francophone sub-Saharan Africa, where there are similar legislative and institutional traditions relating to forestry matters, even though ecological conditions and sociological contexts differ between countries. It examines the extent to which recent attempts to address the problem of deforestation take into account the needs, traditions and skills of the populations most affected by forest loss. The paper also considers whether these new forestry policies are consistent with other development policies, particularly those relating to agriculture and energy.
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  • Pub. Date: 1 Oct 1995
    Pub. Place: Geneva
    ISSN: 1012-6511
    From: UNRISD