AFORPOLIS (African Forest Policies & Politics) is a scientific network and association that aims to advance cutting-edge knowledge on the emergence and evolution of the governance of forestlands in Africa. AFORPOLIS was founded in 2018 to promote multidisciplinary and multi-actor activities including regional and continental scientific conferences, research-development projects, capacity building events and science-policy interactions in the field of forestland policy and sustainability.
African forests from the North Africa Mediterranean region to the southern, eastern, western and central African regions face growing pressure due to forestland conversion, biodiversity loss, livelihood issues, demographic growth, wildfires, and above- and under-ground resources exploitation. The main mission of AFORPOLIS is to promote science-based decisions in the governance of forestlands in Africa. To meet the related challenges, AFORPOLIS is:
I- Organising a biannual continental AFORPOLIS conference and regional thematic workshops on the dynamics of forest governance in Africa;
II- Promoting research-development projects that bring together scientists, policy-makers and donors;
III- Organising trainings, capacity-building, and supporting knowledge transfer in forestland policy and sustainability in Africa.