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Sustainable forestry in Togo

Jungle in Togo

The West African country of Togo has a population of roughly 7.5 million inhabitants. For many years, Togo had the highest deforestation rate in Africa, with a dramatic loss of forest land being recorded, down to an estimated mere six per cent of the country’s surface area in 2010. In 2014, after signing the REDD+ initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and beginning the preparatory phase (Readiness) for implementing the initiative in Togo, the government set itself the goal of increasing forest areas to 30 per cent of the country's surface area by 2050 by managing forest resources sustainably (in economic, social and environmental terms).

Since 2014, the German programme to support and restore forests in Togo (REDD+ Readiness, ProREDD) has been working with its Togolese partner, the Ministry for the Environment and Forest Resources, to improve the technical and institutional conditions to implement the national REDD+ strategy.

In 2016, Togo completed its first national forest and carbon inventory, providing reliable qualitative and quantitative data on the country's forest resources. It forms the basis for the further development of the political, strategic and technical processes. One focus of the measures is managing the existing forest resources in a sustainable manner, so they can be used in order to fight poverty and further expand carbon sinks. Before the end of 2017, for example, roughly 450,000 hectares are to be designated for sustainable forest management. That is approximately eight per cent of the country’s surface area (and equals more than 600,000 football pitches).

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