||Most countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have already formulated their national forest plans (nfps) and are in varying stages of their implementation. From the current review of implementation of nfp-driven plans it is, however, clear that countries are making very slow progress.
For most countries, the key limitations lie in achieving policy, legislation and institutional reforms which are necessary to implement nfp-driven plans. Specifically, there is need for sustained capacity building in policy and legislation reviews and in national forest programmes planning and implementation. In the Eastern and Southern African regions, it is of additional benefit to adopt a regional approach in analysing progress and in recommending aspects for improvement in nfp implementation.
As a response to the foregoing, in October 2011, AFF launched a project on nfp study for Eastern and Southern Africa with funding from the National Forest Programme Facility. The aim of the project is to strengthen capacities to implement and monitor national forest programme processes in Eastern and Southern African countries.
The project will deliver the following:
- In-depth analyses and up-dated status report on the nfp processes in the different countries;
- Recommendation for changes in nfp implementation modalities;
- Capacity building needs identified as well as recommendations and plans on how to address them; and
- Lessons learnt on nfp implementation.