Call for articles: Nature & Faune journal


Deadline for submitting manuscripts for the next issue is 1 December 2017.

Theme: Creating a forest landscape restoration movement in Africa: a call to heal planet Earth

Aim and scope of Nature & Faune: Nature & Faune is a broad multidisciplinary publication on topics that are critical for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. It is a peer-reviewed, open access, international and bilingual (English and French) publication of the FAO Regional Office for Africa. It disseminates scientific, technical and policy knowledge and views, with emphasis on exchange of experiences related to the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife, protected areas, forests, fisheries, livestock, land, soils, water, and  energy in Africa.

The publication, produced twice each year, is included in Web of Science and is indexed and disseminated worldwide, offering more visibility to authors. It reports on preliminary findings of programmes and projects, and draws attention to Africa-relevant publications and information and seeks a balance of authors from different countries, drylands as well as tropical areas. Contributions from governmental agencies as well as the academia and practitioners are welcome. Nature & Faune carries announcements of funding opportunities, research possibilities, meetings and other activities of interest to its readership.

Subject and deadlines for next issue: Every year nearly 3 million hectares of forests are lost in Africa. Sixty five percent (65%) of the land in Africa is affected by degradation, and 3 percent of GDP is lost annually from soil and nutrient depletion on cropland. Among the many challenges facing Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA), forest loss and land degradation stands out. Exacerbated by climate change and poor management of agricultural lands, forest degradation threatens the water supplies and ecological functions vital to all SSA economies. Rural smallholder farmers and households suffer the most from degraded land as they cannot finance counter-measures if there is disruption or loss of stable weather patterns, healthy soils and tree cover, and water.

During the Global Landscapes Forum at the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, on the 6th of December 2015, African countries launched the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100)[1]. It is a pan-African, country-led effort to restore 100 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030. AFR100 aims to accelerate restoration of degraded and deforested landscapes to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation, and combat rural poverty[2].

The creation of the umbrella Africa Resilient Landscapes Initiative (ARLI) is intended to implement AFR100. It complements the African Landscapes Action Plan (ALAP) and the broader Climate Change, Biodiversity and Land Degradation (LDBA) program of the African Union and the Sustainable Development Goals. AFR100 contributes to the achievement of domestic restoration and sustainable development commitments, the Bonn Challenge, and the New York Declaration on Forests among many other targets. It builds on the experience and progress achieved through the TerrAfrica Partnership, Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, and other related landscape restoration efforts.

To realize the target of 100 million hectares of new forests, African leaders see the need for sustainable forestry projects based on a long-term approach with multi-stakeholder benefits and intensified cooperation with the private sector to enhance resources, innovation and the ability to deliver.  One such private sector collaborative initiative is the ‘Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa’[3].  ‘Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa’ is an initiative established with the aim to stimulate and drive large scale reforestation in Africa.

The next edition of Nature & Faune journal will explore the science and innovations (technological, social and policy) that can support the achievement of this African dream. Please share your experiences on challenges, opportunities and successful restoration including farmer managed natural regeneration, improved management of smallholder woodlots, reforestation, evergreen agriculture with intercropped trees, and associated sustainable land management practices such as water harvesting and erosion control.

The editorial board invites articles on the realities – the spirit and the letter – of restoring deforested and degraded landscape in Africa.  We welcome contributions from a wide field of expertise. If potential authors have reports on findings of programs and projects, success stories, and announcements on forest landscape restoration related matters please send them to the address below. We usually prefer articles some 3 pages long, and we welcome and encourage colour pictures.

We encourage contributors to share articles on:

  • Rights to farmers and rural households to manage trees and forest resources
  • Empowerment of community based institutions to support sustainable land management
  • Access to markets for products from sustainable forestry and agriculture production systems
  • Capacities for supporting adoption of sustainable land use practices
  • Land use planning and management,
  • Cross sectoral coordination challenges
  • Securities for long term investments
  • Policy and governance aspects

Please send us your manuscript(s) by email to the following addresses: nature-faune@fao.org     and    Ada.NdesoAtanga@fao.org

Downloads:

  1. Call for articles – Creating a forest landscape restoration movement in Africa, a call to heal planet Earth.
  2. Appel à soumissions d_articles – Thème, Créer un mouvement pour la restauration du paysage forestier en Afrique

[1] African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative web site: http://www.afr100.org

[2] NEPAD. 2017. African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, Overview by New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) 16 April 2017. (Overview prepared by the World Resources Institute, NEPAD, and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank. http://www.wri.org/sites/default/files/AFR100_Overview_English_No_Annexes-Sept_29.pdf

[3] ‘Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa’ is an initiative established with the aim to stimulate and drive large scale reforestation in Africa.   Website http://newforestsforafrica.org/

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