Community benefits key to landscape restoration, CIFOR forest governance researcher says
Almost a third of Africa’s land mass is degraded due to human activities – including farming and resource extraction – which damage the environment and put food security and livelihoods at risk.
Landscape restoration can reverse damage and lead to improvements for communities, but how are obstacles overcome and changes implemented?
The key is community level action, said Esther Mwangi, principal scientist and a governance researcher with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) based in Nairobi. “Where land tenure is clear and land managers benefit from the efforts they invest, we start to see interesting results.”