African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)

The African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) is a network of women involved in sustainable forest resource management in Africa, and was formed at the 2009 international conference on “Forest Tenure, Governance and Enterprise: New Opportunities for West and Central Africa” held in Yaounde, Cameroon.

45 women African women from Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal first formed the network and developed the founding Declaration.

REFACOF’s goal is to lobby and advocate with governments and international organizations for the inclusion of women-specific needs, constraints and interests, as well as their ownership rights, to land and forest resources in reforms and political agenda.