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A whole-landscape approach to green development in Africa

Mariteuw Chimère Diaw

Briefing, 4 pages

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a new agenda for development, with the ambitious aim of eradicating extreme poverty within the next 15 years while also recognising environmental limits.

This new post-2015 agenda exposes the shortfalls of current approaches and demands a new approach to economic development. African countries are uniquely placed to embrace the new agenda, given adequate strategic support.

Drawing on the experience of the African Model Forest Network, this briefing suggests that to be effective, development policy must work at multiple levels, be cross-cutting, and engage the people affected.

It explores how a socially integrated approach to landscape policy can effectively contribute towards meeting the SDGs, and achieving sustainable development in Africa.

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