Some of the most common hurdles faced when dealing with forestry management in Africa stem from ineffective governance. A list of the top concerns faced in Africa is outlined by the African Natural Resources Centre.
- Poor enforcement of forestry laws and regulations
Implementation of these is unpredictable and often goes unenforced due to corruption.
- Invasive political influence on forestry policy and decision-making
There is often political pressure on key players and a lack of transparency between stakeholders.
- Lack of land-use planning
Land is under pressure from agriculture, mining, and infrastructure development; a lack of timely and robust planning further exacerbates this.
- Lack of coordination between government ministries
Inter-governmental conversation and policy often don’t align and there may be a lack of priority alignment between, for example, the minister of agriculture and the department of forestry.
- A substantial but poorly monitored informal sector
The informal sector’s impact on forestry often outweighs the industrial sector, yet policy isn’t in place from a monitoring and management perspective.
Addressing these areas of weakness requires a coordinated local and global effort. A number of agreements, legislation, resources and memberships have been put in place to help foster more robust forestry guidelines and improve sustainability in Africa.