FAO Departments, Programs and Activities

FAO Forestry Department
The work of the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations addresses one of the most important, complex and controversial issues of modern times - how to use trees, forests and related resources to improve people's economic, environmental, social and cultural conditions while ensuring that the resource is conserved to meet the needs of future generations. The FAO Forestry Department ensures the development of policies, strategies and guidelines and provides advisory and technical services to FAO members, and collects, analyzes and disseminates information in the relevant fields of competence. It promotes national and international action for the effective conservation, sustainable management and efficient utilization of forest and related resources as an integral element of land use systems.

FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (Natural Resources and Environment)
The regional office promotes forest resource monitoring, assessment and management, including in forest plantations; the protection of endangered wildlife; conservation of biodiversity; sustainable forest management; and the legitimate rights of people living in and around forests. It encourages development of non-wood forest resources and small-scale forest-based industries, including non-wood forest products and services (eco-tourism); assists with the implementation of national forest programmes; promotes forest education and research; and assists countries in developing sound and sustainable community and agroforestry practices. RAP supports the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), the Asia-Pacific Association of Forest Research Institutions (APAFRI), TEAKNET, and the Asia-Pacific Agroforestry Network (APAN); and collaborates with international and regional governmental and non-governmental institutions dealing with forest and forestry matters.

FAOSTAT is the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' collection of statistical databases. FAOSTAT's Forestry Databases present comprehensive national and regional production and trade data for forestry products.

Wood energy
The program on wood energy of FAO's Forest Department aims to develop new concepts, approaches and ideas to assist member countries in the establishment and implementation of policies, programs and projects on sustainable wood energy systems to address environmental, economic and social goals.

Forest Genetic Resources Program
The Forest Genetic Resources Program of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations provides technical and scientific support to countries in the field of forest genetic resources covering all aspects of the conservation, sustainable utilization and development of forest genetic resources, and facilitates the free exchange of information and know-how between nations.

Forest Resources Assessment
The Forest Resources Assessment programme at FAO leads the Organization's effort to generate information and knowledge about global forest resources. The work is done in direct collaboration with countries. The major output of the programme is publication of the results of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000).

Non-Wood Forest Products Program
The mission of the Non-Wood Forest Products Program is to improve the sustainable utilization of non-wood forest products (NWFP) in order to contribute to the wise management of the world's forests, to conserve their biodiversity, and to improve food security for rural people. The program accomplishes this mission through four main areas of intervention: (1) gathering, analysis and dissemination of information; (2) appraisal of NWFP socio-economic contribution to rural development; (3) networking; and (4) technical assistance.

REFORGEN Information System
REFORGEN is FAO's global information system on forest genetic resources. In this database, users can search for information on forest tree species and their genetic management as well as information on national institutions active in this field.

Unasylva is an international journal of forestry and forest industries published quarterly by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Unasylva covers a broad range of forestry thematic issues and has been published since 1947.