FAO Forestry Papers

The FAO Forestry Paper series is FAO’s main series in forestry. Most volumes are published in several languages. 

FAO Forestry Papers can be downloaded free of charge. Print copies can be purchased through the FAO Sales Catalogue.  In addition, readers in developing countries can request up to five print publications free of charge. Requests should be directed to: FO-publications@fao.org.

When a paper is not available in the language requested, the paper will be shown in other available languages.

2011 - 2015

FAO Forestry Paper 175: Global guidelines for the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes in drylands 19 October 2015 These guidelines , published in collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency will support urgently needed restoration efforts in the world’s drylands. Drylands cover nearly half of the earth’s land surface and are home to one-third of the global population. The first of their kind, the guidelines target policymakers and other decision-makers, and practitioners. They present the essential components for designing, implementing and sustaining restoration initiatives and outline a range of actions. These include on-the-ground activities such as habitat protection, assisted natural regeneration, sand-dune stabilization and planting, as well as policy improvements, financial incentives, capacity development, and continuous monitoring and learning. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 174: Towards effective national forest funds 7 May 2015 National forest funds (NFFs), which channel about US$12-13 billion in developing countries, have become an important institutional mechanism for improving the financial architecture and governance of forestry in recent years. They are already in operation in about 55 countries and more are in preparation. Despite this growing interest, there is little understanding of how NFFs work or how they could be better designed and operated. This publication addresses the information gap. Based on a detailed analysis of how different NFFs actually operate and what constraints they face, it endeavours to assist policymakers and forest practitioners in establishing and managing such funds effectively. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 173: Multiple-use forest management in the humid tropics 13 September 2013 The multiple-value of forests has long been appreciated and used by forest-dependent people in the tropics. Explicitly managing for some or all of these values - multiple-use forest management - is stipulated in the laws of many countries, but its formal implementation in the tropics is thought to be rare. This paper reports on three regional assessments carried out to identify and draw lessons from on-the-ground initiatives in the Amazon Basin, the Congo Basin and Southeast Asia. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 172: Climate change guidelines for forest managers 12 September 2013 The effects of climate change and climate variability on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and further impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short to medium term. Addressing the challenges posed by climate change will require adjustments to forest policies, management plans and practices. These guidelines have been prepared to assist forest managers to better assess and respond to climate change challenges and opportunities at the forest management unit level. The actions they propose are relevant to all kinds of forest managers – such as individual forest owners, private forest enterprises, public-sector agencies, indigenous groups and community forest organizations. They are applicable in all forest types and regions and for all management objectives. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 171: Edible insects - Future prospects for food and feed security 13 May 2013 This publication describes the contribution of insects to food security. It shows the many traditional and potential new uses of insects for direct human consumption and the opportunities for and constraints to farming them for food and feed. It examines the body of research on issues such as insect nutrition and food safety, the use of insects as animal feed, and the processing and preservation of insects and their products. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 170: Sustainable management of Pinus radiata plantations 10 May 2013 Pinus radiata (radiata pine) is a versatile, fast-growing, medium-density softwood, suitable for a wide range of end-uses. Its silviculture is highly developed, and is built on a firm foundation of over a century of research, observation and practice. Radiata pine is often considered a model for growers of other plantation species. The focus of this book is on the principles and practices of growing radiata pine sustainably. It also looks ahead to emerging challenges facing radiata pine plantation management, such as the effects of climate change, new diseases and other threats, and meeting changing product needs and societal demands. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 169: Global forest land-use change 1990-2005 14 December 2012 This report presents the key findings on forest land use and land-use change between 1990 and 2005 from FAO’s 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010) Remote Sensing Survey. This survey was the result of a partnership between FAO, countries and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). It is the first report of its kind to present systematic estimates of global forest land use and change. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 168: Soil carbon monitoring using surveys and modelling 15 June 2012 Forest soils constitute a large pool of carbon and releases of carbon from this pool, caused by deforestation and forest degradation, may significantly increase the concentration of greenhouse gases. This publication describes the application of survey- and modelling-based methods for monitoring soil organic carbon stock and its changes on a national scale in the United Republic of Tanzania. The report presents i) a design of the first inventory of soil organic carbon, including discussion on factors that affect the reliability of carbon stock estimates; and ii) a design of a modelling-based approach, including links to national forest inventory data and discussion on alternative soil organic carbon models. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 167: Wildlife in a changing climate 5 December 2011 Wildlife in a Changing Climate foresees that the rate of loss of wild animal species will be accelerated by climate change unless urgent measures are taken. Particularly at risk are wildlife and ecosystems in coastal and mountain areas, while Africa, where a mean temperature rise of 3-4 °C is expected by the end of the century, is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions. Using case studies, the report puts forward a series of responsive measures to mitigate the impact of climate change. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 166: Community-based fire management: A review 2 November 2011 Globally, people cause most wildfires. Involving local communities in fire management practices like prevention, suppression and restoration is therefor a logical approach. The new FAO publication “Community-based fire management- A review”, highlights the state of the art in community-based fire management, redefines the concept, reviews case studies and reflects on related policy and legal frameworks. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 165: Reforming forest tenure 13 July 2011 Secure tenure is an important prerequisite for sustainable forest management. More diversified tenure systems could provide a basis for improving forest management and local livelihoods, particularly where the State has insufficient capacity to manage forests. In the past decade many countries have initiated efforts to reform their tenure arrangements for forests and forest land, devolving some degree of access and management from the State to others, mainly households, private companies and communities. This publication provides practical guidance for policy-makers and others concerned with addressing forest tenure reform. Drawing from many sources, including forest tenure assessments carried out by FAO in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Central Asia, it deduces lessons about what works and what does not, and why. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 164: Guide to implementation of phytosanitary standards in forestry 29 March 2011 This guide, produced by an international group of scientists, phytosanitary authorities, forest experts and industry representatives and reviewed by more than 100 specialists from 46 countries, provides easy-to-understand information on how good forest management practices and well implemented phytosanitary standards can minimize pest spread and facilitate safe trade. The guide will be of vital interest to people involved in nursery activities, planting, managing, harvesting, manufacturing, trading and transporting forest products. It will also benefit forest policy-makers, planners, managers and educators, particularly in developing countries. [more]


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