Republic of Sudan

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Sudan is one of the largest countries in Africa with an area of 1,886,068 Km2 and population of 40,235,000 (2015).

According to recent reports (FAO, 2015), Sudan has 97,303,961.26 hectares for agriculture, forests and rangelands, 73 percent of which is agriculture, an area equal to 38 percent of the total area of the country.

Current estimates by the Forestry National Corporation state that tree cover amounts to 11 percent of the total land area, while the target is to reach at least 25-30 percent.

In some states the vegetative cover is estimated at only 4 or 6 percent, which is making those areas susceptible to increased desertification and wind erosion.

The reduction in vegetative cover negatively affects the population living in those areas and threatens their livelihood assets including small ruminants, cattle and camels.

Vegetative cover, whether in the form of forests or range lands, represents the cushioning factor or resilience of communities against any crisis attributed to climate change phenomena including drought, seasonal floods, changes in temperature and storms.

Restoration Commitment

Restoration Commitment: 
14.6 million hectares
Year Committed: 
Priority Interventions: 
  • To be determined through restoration opportunity assessments
Alignment with domestic targets: 

Restoration will contribute to existing national objectives to:

  • Reduce poverty by engaging local communities in programme interventions and benefits from FLR
  • Stabilize food production to sustain food security
  • Adopt the integrated land management approach in planning
  • Grow the economy through sustainable production of non-wood products
  • Contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation
Requested assistance from AFR100: 
  • Forge connections with ongoing priorities in the health, education, water and other sectors
  • Assess the benefits of restoration for local communities
  • Assist with facilitating a national workshop to set a hectare target to be restored
  • Help to establish a council that will support the AFR100 focal point to assess the national restoration opportunity and plan for implementation