ASB's Relevance

Who we benefit: More than 1.8 billion people live within the ASB's domain, the humid tropical and subtropical forest biome; of these 1.2 billion are rural people. Most are poor households directly dependent on forest resources and agriculture for their livelihoods. Other poor households suffer indirectly from waste of these resources and environmental degradation.

Because ASB's target ecosystems supply global public goods (globally-significant habitats and carbon storage), beneficiaries also include the Earth's entire population.

What is the global problem we tackle: Causes of deforestation in the tropical forests margins are complex, including agricultural expansion, road building, and market forces. Understanding the factors at work in a given situation is a crucial first step if policymakers are to introduce effective measures to curb deforestation, and to do so in ways that reduce poverty.

No single group or organization has the means or expertise to tackle these complex, interlinked problems by itself.

Relevance of ASB goals to CGIAR goals and draft system priorities

ASB's vision, mission, and record of activities and achievements closely align with CGIAR goals and the System's emerging priorities. First, ASB is addressing 3 interlinked problems of global significance: The Programme's established capabilities align with emerging CGIAR priorities regarding:
ASB is the only global forum for people working on these priority issues specifically in tropical forest margins, a transition area of rapid change where outcomes and alternative futures differ decisively both for poverty reduction and for environmental services, including natural habitat.