The Network is known as Forestry Research Network for Sub-Saharan Africa, with acronym FORNESSA. The Network is a non-profit, non-governmental scientific organisation open to forestry and forest-related organisations and individuals. It embodies three sub-regional networks; the Association of the Forestry Research Institutions of Eastern Africa (AFREA) which has 10 member countries, the Forest Research Network of thé Conférence de responsables de Recherché Agronomique Africains (CORAF) which has 20 member countries and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which represents research institutions in the 14 SADC states.
To support and strengthen forestry research in order to contribute to the conservation, sustainable management and utilization of forest resources in Sub- Saharan Africa.
Support sub-regional networks in their capacity building efforts.
Foster regional co-operation in forest research.
Articulate and advocate African forestry agenda and development in global flora.