Commercial Forestry in East Africa is a key sector to the wider economy, feeding into construction, electrification, packaging, and commodity exports.
It is estimated that forestry contributes to 3.6% of Kenya’s GDP. The sector also supports most productive and service sectors in the country, particularly agriculture, fisheries, livestock, energy, wildlife, water, tourism, recreation, trade and industry that contribute between 33% to 39 % of the country’s GDP.
The sector is a major pillar in Tanzania’s economy accounting for about 4% of Tanzania’s GDP. The transformation of the sector would spur significant “green” job and wealth creation across the region and support the development of upstream manufacturing sectors.