Fixing forests: how Decision Analysis is working on the ground in East Africa

Originally published by the CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems

Among East Africa’s biodiversity hotspots is the Desa’a forest, which borders Tigray and Afar in Northern Ethiopia. The forest has become a priority area for conservation, as years of conflict, deforestation and mismanagement have left it highly degraded. But new sets of tools bring an opportunity to reverse these trends and restore and protect this important natural wonder.

WeForest, a nonprofit organization with the goal to restore 25,000 ha of forests around the world, is working in the Desa’a to maintain the remaining 10% of dense forest cover while working with the local communities to restore the surrounding buffer zones and increase forest cover.

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), through partners at the World Agroforestry (ICRAF), are using Decision Analysis (DA) to help the WeForest team determine how best to prioritize their work going forward. It’s a term we hear often, but what does DA actually look like on the ground? Thrive talked to Yvonne Tamba and Joshua Wafula from the Land Health Decisions team to learn more. Read the interview here.

Yvonne Tamba and Joshua Wafula are part of the Land Health Decisions team at World Agroforestry. Photo: WLE/Rachel Ryan


World Agroforestry (ICRAF) is a centre of scientific and development excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Knowledge produced by ICRAF enables governments, development agencies and farmers to utilize the power of trees to make farming and livelihoods more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable at multiple scales. ICRAF is one of the 15 members of the CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. We thank all donors who support research in development through their contributions to the CGIAR Fund.


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