Close to half of the African continent is covered by dryland forests and these ecosystems support the livelihoods of more than 60 per cent of its citizens. However, we underestimate the value of dryland forests and SAIIA Researcher Mari-Lise Du Preez explains why they are essential.
Click on the video above to watch the interview with Mari-Lise du Preez, or click here to listen to an audio podcast version on Podhoster.
In this podcast, we ask her:
- What is the importance of dryland forests?
- What are the challenges in this sector?
- What examples emerged from her research that illustrates the need for better management of dryland forests?
- What are her suggestions for moving the issue of dryland to the top of the policy agenda?