Forests and Poverty Alleviation
Poverty particularly among forest communities in Africa is a serious concern. This group contributes baseline information and indigenous knowledge on the contribution of forests to livelihood of local communities and national economies.
Participatory forestry re search and management in Kwale was initiated in 2001/2001. It was started with a baseline socio-biophysical data collection about the forest re sources and the communities adjacent to the three forests i.e. Mrima, Dzombo and Marenje (Wairungu et. al.
Deforestation has become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity conservation, rural
livelihoods and wealth creation, particularly in the tropics. On average, the global rate of
deforestation has been estimated at 14.6 million hectares yr-1 over the past decade. In
To increase the benefits that local communities derive from forest resources and thereby enhance their contribution to sustainable forest management