About FAO Forestry

Moving Forward 2014-15: Selected Achievements of the FAO Forestry Programme in 2014-15The FAO Forestry Department helps nations manage their forests in a sustainable way. The Organization's approach balances social, economic and environmental objectives so that present generations can reap the benefits of the earth's forest resources while conserving them to meet the needs of future generations.






Assistant Director-General René Castro-Salazar

Mr Castro-Salazar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Costa Rica, a Master of Public Administration degree and Doctor of Design degree both awarded by Harvard University. Mr Castro-Salazar held ministerial positions in Costa Rica as Minister of National Resources, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment, Energy between 1994 and 2014.

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Editorials and news

7-8-16 Editorial: Bosques contra el cambio climático La adopción de estrategias forestales sostenibles es muy importante para los países en desarrollo. [more]
6-5-16 El País: Una gran muralla de esperanza Los resultados de la lucha contra la desertificación en el África subsahariana invitan al optimismo. [more]
2-5-16 Editorial: A Green Wall of Hope for Africa Imagine a tapestry of green landscapes around the Sahara desert – a wall not of concrete or wire to keep anyone in or out, but of forests, pastures and crops to provide food, income and a real future for communities threatened by climate change. An extraordinary initiative is taking shape across the Sahel and the Sahara – Africa's Great Green Wall. It aims to tackle chronic land degradation, in vulnerable countries where problems caused by overharvesting of natural resources have been exacerbated by climate change, causing incalculable damage to people's livelihoods, food and water security. [more]
22-4-16 FAO joins the “Trees for the Earth” campaign FAO marked Earth Day 2016 by joining a global campaign to plant a tree for every man, woman and child on the planet. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva planted a tree at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, as part of the “Trees for the Earth” campaign launched by the Earth Day Network. Earth Day, the Director-General said, “has called to our attention the fact that the earth and its ecosystems are our home. And we must take care of them. It has also served to help us reflect on the environmental challenges facing us in order to determine how we can best meet them." The Director-General planted a symbolic tree fraxinus ornus (manna ash) to mark today’s signing at UN headquarters in New York of The Paris Agreement, the landmark undertaking to tackle global climate change. The Agreement formally recognizes the vital role of forests and trees in the fight against climate change. [more]
15-4-16 Google and FAO usher in new era of environmental literacy for all Geospatial forestry information is a first step in almost real-time natural resources management revolution. FAO and Google are working together to make high-resolution satellite data an everyday tool in managing the world’s natural resources in a joint effort to boost "environmental literacy". The recently-established partnership already allows resource managers and researchers in many countries to gauge changing land uses of individual field-sized plots seen by eye-in-the-sky satellites [more]
22-3-16 Inter Press Service: Forests help quench urban thirst The next time you turn on the tap to fill the kettle, you might want to spare a thought for the forest that made it possible. It may be a hundred kilometres away or more from where you are sitting, but the chances are that you owe your cup of tea, in part at least, to the trees that helped to capture the water, and to filter it on its long journey to you the consumer. [more]
21-3-16 Editorial, International Day of Forests The intertwined and essential relationship between forests and water is the theme of this year’s International Day of Forests (March 21). At the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), we are taking the opportunity to highlight the crucial role that forests play in providing good quality water for the world’s growing population. As well as safeguarding quality water supplies, forest management reduces poverty by creating jobs, preventing forest fires, protecting watersheds and providing other services, such as removing carbon dioxide from the air we breathe. [more]
21-3-16 Video: International Day of Forests greetings to the Republic of Korea Mr René Castro, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Forestry Department sends greetings to the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the international symposium to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, co-organized by Korea Forest Service and Korea Forestry Society. [more]
Policy Brief: Eco-Competitiveness and Eco-Efficiency: Carbon Neutrality in Latin America Improvements in eco-efficiency—defined as a combination of reducing waste and reducing the use of raw inputs—offer one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also lowering production costs. In addition, changes in culture—at the level of individual businesses, countries, or both—can enhance the eco-competitive position of these businesses and countries. This paper describes three examples from Costa Rica and shows how the goal of achieving carbon neutrality can provide incentives for improving eco-efficiency and eco-competitiveness. Citation: Castro, René. "Eco-Competitiveness and Eco-Efficiency: Carbon Neutrality in Latin America." Policy Brief, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, November 2015. [more]
IDDRI Working Paper: Agriculture, forestry and other land-use in the climate negotiations: a Latin American perspective This paper discusses the importance of the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use sector (AFOLU) for mitigation and adaptation, based on the example of Latin America and the Caribbean. They explain why, and how, the issue of the AFOLU sector should be an important part of the 2015 climate agreement. Citation: Castro, R., Chacón León, M. (2014). Agriculture, forestry and other landuse in the climate negotiations: a Latin American perspective, Working Papers N°17/14, A perspective from Latin American and Caribbean think tanks on climate change issues series, IDDRI, 16 p. [more]
Forest Systems article: Tropical forests and the emerging CO2 market Costa Rica has been a pioneer in developing and selling emission reduction credits. Costa Rica’s carbon credits came primarily from two sources. First, converting cultivated fields and pastures into forests and second, from reducing deforestation. In 1996, in an unprecedented transaction, Costa Rica sold its first 200,000 tons of carbon emission reduction credits to Norway for $10 per ton of carbon. In early 1998, however, Costa Rica received no bids when it tried to auction an additional 1,000,000 tons of carbon credits with a floor price of $20 per ton. During the year 2001, other 8 Latin American countries offered credits to the World Bank’s Prototype Carbon Fund at prices between $2.9 and $20 per ton. Carbon trade final results will depend on the ultimate rules, regulations, and carbon prices. Citation: Castro, R.; Cordero, S.. Tropical forests and the emerging CO2 market. Forest Systems , [S.l.], v. 10, n. 3, p. 185-204, dec. 2001. ISSN 2171-9845. [more]




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