The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) would like to thank all the authors, contributors, graphics designers and other individuals and institutions who have supported the development of this guide. All have found the extra time in their busy schedules to write, edit, prepare or review the materials, and many others have kindly allowed the use of their photos or other materials. Special thanks go to the staff at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) for the time and effort they dedicated in the preparation of this guide, in particular to Diana Remarche Cerda for drafting the original outline and Alashiya Gordes and Sarah Mc Lusky for reviewing the text. Deep gratitude also extends to Studio Bartoleschi for the endless patience in revising and updating the layout and graphics. All the contributors have a great passion for biodiversity and hope that the guide will inspire young people to learn, better understand the importance of biodiversity and take action in conservation initiatives. In addition, gratitude goes to the YUNGA and CBD Ambassadors for their passion and energy in promoting this guide.

Sustainably managed forests provide essential goods and services and thus play a vital part in sustainable development. Reliable and up-to-date information on the state of forest resources is crucial to support decision-making for investment and policymaking in forestry and sustainable development.

This paper introduces a Special Issue of Forest Ecology and Management that includes a collection of analytical results from the 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2015) covering 25 years of forest change (1990–2015). FRA 2015 builds on a series of global assessments that began in 1948 and covers change in forest area and type, volume, biomass and carbon stocking, measures of sustainable forest management, biodiversity and conservation, soil and water protective functions, wood product ion and a number of socio-economic variables. It covers 234 countries and territories with an emphasis on forest resource change over a twenty-five year period (1990–2015) and also looks forward to anticipated forest change – both as government targets for forest area and projected change (to 2030) to global production and conservation forest area (to the year 2050).

DRANIBA, which was organized by FAO and the Mexican government through its Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, was held on October 29-30, 2018, and attended by delegates from 11 Member Countries of the
region (Bahamas, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua,
Paraguay, Peru and Suriname) and Spain, as well as representatives of United Nations agencies
(United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, and UN-Environment, also known as United
Nations Environment Programme - UNEP), academia, and international, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the Agroecological Movement of Latin America and the Caribbean
(MAELA), the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean
(FILAC), the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), and the German Agency for International
Cooperation (GIZ), among others.

FAO-CIRAD toolbox Central Africa (2017)

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