Allanblackia provides a unique opportunity to use a native tree species to restore degraded forest lands in African countries in a way that provides both environmental and economic benefits. The IUCN RED List lists some species of Allanblackia as threatened, and other species have significantly reduced numbers due to logging for timber and firewood. Planting more Allanblackia can protect this native species and the biodiversity of the region and can also help restore once healthy landscapes to their full potential.

Due to the benefits trees have in combatting climate change, planting Allanblackia can also provide opportunities for countries to take advantage of international REDD+ (Reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) approaches.

Forest landscape restoration (FLR)

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes. Due to poor practices of the past, many agricultural lands in the area where Allanblackia grows are now degraded and falling far short of providing the benefits they could for the people and ecosystems they support.

FLR focuses on restoring the goods, services and ecological processes that forests can provide at the broader landscape level as opposed to solely promoting increased tree cover at a particular location. It utilizes a mosaic approach which allows for multiple uses of the land including agriculture, forest cover, and other sustainable uses. 

Allanblackia partners have held workshops and other events to share ways to use Allanblackia in restoring local landscapes. These events bring people together to identify, negotiate and put in place practices that restore an optimal balance of environmental, social and economic benefits from forests and trees within the context of other land uses. 

The Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) estimates that landscape restoration approaches could be applied to over 715 million hectares of deforested and degraded land in Africa, including the region where Allanblackia grows.

Reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)

Primary forests, particularly tropical primary forests, are home to half or more of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) has the potential to improve lives, protect forests and biodiversity, and mitigate climate change, but this significant potential can only be realized with the right approach. Learn more about the approach of Allanblackia partner, IUCN, to REDD+.

There are interesting opportunities to embed Allanblackia production in REDD+ national strategies or projects. More specifically, trees which are integrated into farming systems have significant potential for meeting all three measures of what constitutes climate-smart agriculture: reducing poverty and improving food security, increasing resilience to climate shocks, and helping mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon.

Allanblackia: A tree for Africa and its people

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