Forestry is a vital sector for the economies and livelihoods of many people in East Africa. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have a combined forest area of about 65.5 million hectares, which accounts for about 27% of their total land area¹. These forests provide a range of goods and services, such as timber, fuelwood, charcoal, non-timber forest products, biodiversity conservation, watershed protection, climate regulation and recreation.
Why do we actually need to look after and grow our forests and wood lots around the world? The forestry industries importance is highlighted across the commercial space as well as the benefits forests play in our daily lives. In this post, we discuss the critical value both commercial and natural forests play in our lives.