About 54 percent of Angolans are multidimensionally poor, 88 percent of whom live in rural areas where deforestation, widespread use of traditional energy sources and mismanagement of natural resources threatens livelihoods and depletion of the environment. Angola has identified improved management of natural resources for conservation and economic development as a key development priority for 2020 - 2022 which requires an architecture of interventions across value chains.
UNDP supports the country through a portfolio of integrated, nature-based solutions to tackle increasing deforestation and forest degradation of both humid tropical and dryland forests, where unsustainable logging and production of charcoal play important roles as deforestation drivers. UNDP is working with the government at central and local levels to strengthen sustainable forest management, especially community-based forestry, and greater sustainability in the charcoal value chain. This includes promoting more sustainable charcoal consumption practices in the cities and integrating sustainability criteria for charcoal and community forestry into government policies.