Dryland Forestry

Forestry Technical Network Webinar: “Drylands: at the crossroads between climate change and conflict”

02 August 2021
On Tuesday, 29 July 2021, FAO’s Dryland Forestry team hosted the webinar “Drylands: at the crossroads between climate change and conflict” as part of the Forestry Technical Network (FTN) series. The FTN is a network aiming to ensure a high standard of technical expertise through the promotion of innovative practices [...]

7 billion trees outside forests in Africa reported for the first time in new data survey

19 July 2021
JOINT NEWS RELEASE 13 July 2021, Accra - A data collection and analysis initiative led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC) has revealed 7 billion trees outside forests for the first time, among other findings. The survey is the first consistent [...]

Recover, Restore, Protect: the International Day to Combat Drought and Desertification

18 June 2021
Once more, the Dryland Forestry team cut across silos and joined efforts with the Land and Water Division of FAO to celebrate Desertification and Drought Day! One-quarter of the global land area is already affected by land degradation to some degree, to which around 12 million hectares are added every year. [...]

Accelerating Action on the Ground: GLF Launch of the Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) and the Dryland Restoration Initiative Platform (DRIP)

10 June 2021
On 3 June 2021, FAO’s Forestry Division held a side event at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). This year, the Forum celebrated the importance of Drylands and the need for their restoration in order to contribute to the achievement of the rallying call of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. [...]

Ambitious $104 million program targets land degradation in Africa and Central Asian countries

09 June 2021
Launch of the FAO-led, Global Environment Facility-funded initiative paves the way for UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration The global launch of a $104 million initiative signals an ambitious effort by a range of partners to safeguard drylands in the context of climate change, fragile ecosystems, biodiversity loss, and deforestation in 11 [...]

Presumed Drylands: A first assessment of challenges and opportunities in moving towards land degradation neutrality

20 May 2021
The drylands have been defined as all land for which the aridity index – that is, the ratio between average annual precipitation and potential evapotranspiration – lies below 0.65. However, considerable stretches of land, over 1 000 million ha, with aridity indices equal to or above this strict definition likewise exhibit [...]

Forestry Technical Network Webinar: Learning from a living archive – local communities owning the change, monitoring the progress and communicating the impact

04 May 2021
“The act of portrayal itself can be seen as a way of capturing agency” On Tuesday, 4 May 2021, the Dryland Forestry Team hosted a Forestry Technical Network (FTN) webinar called Learning from a living archive: local communities owning the change, monitoring the progress and communicating the impact. The FTN is [...]

Filming for more resilient food systems? The participatory video approach is spreading

31 March 2021
The Resilient Food Systems (RFS) programme is one of three Integrated Approach Pilot programmes financed by GEF during the Sixth Replenishment Cycle (GEF-6). It aims to improve the resilience and sustainability of smallholder agricultural systems while generating global environmental benefits. Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, RFS has continued to progress [...]

The “DRIP(ple)” down effect – a revived drylands tool for enhanced knowledge sharing and greater upscaling

18 March 2021
As a response to serious threats and pressures in the drylands, various initiatives and projects have been or are being planned and undertaken to maintain the health of soils in these regions, and to prevent, halt, or reverse land degradation processes in an effort to maintain land degradation neutrality, point [...]

From the ground up – Women at the forefront of sustainable forest and land management implementation

09 March 2021
Centuries of challenges and women breaking barriers have led us to a time where participatory approaches are now possible and ever more needed. This year’s International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2021 highlights the role of women in leadership and the key roles they fulfil at various levels (“as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community [...]
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