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.

Trees, forests and land use in drylands: the first global assessment

[-] This publication presents the results of the first global assessment of trees, forests and land use in these lands. The assessment breaks new methodological ground: it relies on the visual interpreation of freely available satellite images, carried out by more than 200 experts in a series of regional workshops. Using a tool called Open Foris ollect Earth, developed by FAO in collaboration with Google, participants gathered and analysed information for mrore than 200 000 sample plots worldwide.

FAO Framework Methodology for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments of Forests and Forest Dependent People

This publication provides practitioners with step-by-step guidance for conducting vulnerability assessments using the most appropriate tools. The guide will be useful for anyone conducting vulnerability assessments involving trees or forests, including forest owners, managers and administrators in the private and public sectors and in community forestry organizations, and land-use planners.

Most recent

FAO Forestry Paper 182: Guide to the classical biological control of insect pests in planted and natural forests
 A great deal of knowledge on classical biological control has been accumulated worldwide in the last few decades. This publication, which was written by a team of experts, distils that information in a clear, concise guide aimed at helping forest-health practitioners and forest managers – especially in developing countries – to implement successful classical biological control programmes. 

FAO Forestry Paper 181: Climate change for forest policy-makers
This document is published as part of the effort by the Forestry Department of FAO to assist countries in their efforts to address policy issues related to forests and climate change by integrating climate change considerations into national forest-related policies and actions. It follows a specific request by the FAO Committee on Forests to update the 2011 edition of Climate Change for Forest Policy-Makers. 

FAO Forestry Paper 180: Making forest concessions in the tropics work to achieve the 2030 Agenda: Voluntary Guidelines
The importance of forests in helping to achieve global sustainable development has been largely acknowledged by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. In order to ensure that forests deliver their socio-economic and environmental benefits, it is crucial to expand sustainable forest management (SFM) based on the best available practices. Although some progress towards SFM has been noted, the global proportion of land area covered by forests continues to decline.

2011 - 2018



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138 FAO Meeting on Public Policies Affecting Forest Fires 1998, (E F S) 
137/2 Forestry policies in the Caribbean – Volume 2: Reports of 28 selected countries and territories, 1998 (E)
137/1 Forestry policies in the Caribbean – Volume 1: Proceedings of the Expert Consultation, 1998 (E)
136 Managing forests as common property, 1998 (E)
135 Guidelines for the management of tropical forests – 1. The production of wood, 1998 (E S)
134 Estimating biomass and biomass change of tropical forests – A primer, 1997 (E)
133 Forest codes of practice – Contributing to environmentally sound forest operations, 1996 (E)
132 Forestry policies of selected countries in Africa, 1996 (E F)
131 Ecología y enseñanza rural – Nociones ambientales básicas para profesores rurales y extensionistas, 1996 (S)
130 Forest resources assessment 1990 – Survey of tropical forest cover and study of change processes, 1996 (E)
129 Environmental impact assessment and environmental auditing in the pulp and paper industry, 1996 (E)
128 Forest resources assessment 1990 – Tropical forest plantation resources, 1995 (E)
127 Valuing forests: context, issues and guidelines, 1995 (E F S) 
126 Climate change, forests and forest management – An overview (E F S)
125 Forest products prices 1973-1992, 1995 (E F S)
124 Forest resources assessment 1990 - Global synthesis (E F S)
123 Forestry education – New trends and prospects, 1994 (E F S)
122 Readings in sustainable forest management, 1994 (E F S)
121 Ecology and rural education, 1995 (F S) 
120 Decline and dieback of trees and forests – A global overview, 1994 (E)
119 Number not assigned
118 Biotechnology in forest tree improvement, 1994 (E)
117 Mangrove forest management guidelines, 1994 (E S)
116 Les panneaux à base de bois, 1993 (F)
115 Forestry policies of selected countries in Asia and the Pacific, 1993 (E)
114 Assessing forestry project impacts: issues and strategies, 1993 (E F S)
113 Ex situ storage of seeds, pollen and in vitro cultures of perennial woody plant species, 1993 (E)
112 Forest resources assessment 1990 – Tropical countries, 1993 (E F S)
111 Forestry policies in the Near East region – Analysis and synthesis, 1993 (E)
110 Proceedings of the Meeting of Experts on Forestry Research, 1993 (E F S)
109 Directory of forestry research organizations, 1993 (E)
108 A decade of wood energy activities within the Nairobi Programme of Action, 1993 (E)
107 Conservation of genetic resources in tropical forest management - principles and concepts, 1993 (E F S)
106 Economic assessment of forestry project impacts, 1992 (E F)
105 Compendium of pulp and paper training and research institutions, 1992 (E)
104 Forest products prices 1971-1990, 1992 (E F S)
103 Mixed and pure forest plantations in the tropics and subtropics, 1992 (E F S)
102 Research management in forestry, 1992 (E F S)
101 Management and conservation of closed forests in tropical America, 1993 (E F P S)
100 Introduction to ergonomics in forestry in developing countries, 1992 (E F S I)
99 Cost control in forest harvesting and road construction, 1992 (E)
98 Timber plantations in humid tropics of Africa, 1993 (E F)

97  Non wood forest products: the way ahead, 1991 (E F S)


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96 Planning and managing forestry research: guidelines for managers, 1990 (E)
95 Forest products prices 1969-1988, 1990 (E F S)
94 Manual on sawmill operational maintenance,1990 (E)
93 Energy conservation in the mechanical forest industries, 1990 (E S)
92 Forestry policies in Europe – An analysis, 1989 (E)
91 Design manual on basic wood harvesting technology, 1989 (E F S) (Published only as FAO Training Series, No. 18)
90 Forestry and food security, 1989 (Ar F E S)
89 Review of forest management systems of tropical Asia, 1989 (E)
88 Management of tropical moist forests in Africa, 1989 (E F P)
87 Small scale harvesting operations of wood and non wood forest products involving rural people, 1988 (E F S)
86 Forestry policies in Europe, 1988 (E)
85 Forestry extension curricula, 1988 (E F S)
84 Forest products: World outlook projections – Product and country tables 1987-2000, 1988 (E F S)
83 Trade in forest products: a study of the barriers faced by the developing countries, 1988 (E)
82 Forest products prices 1967 1986, 1988 (E F S)
81 Guidelines for forest policy formulation, 1987 (C E)
80 Forestry extension methods, 1987 (E)
79 Small scale forest based processing enterprises, 1987 (E F S)
78 Appropriate wood harvesting in plantation forests, 1987 (E)
77 Databook on endangered tree and shrub species and provenances, 1986 (E)
76 Wood preservation manual, 1986 (E)
75 Monitoring and evaluation of social forestry in India – an operational guide, 1986 (E)
74 Guidelines for forestry information processing, 1986 (E)
73 Forest products: world outlook projections 1985 2000, 1986 (E F S)
72 Wood gas as engine fuel, 1986 (E S)
71 World compendium of forestry and forest products research institutions, 1986 (E F S)
70 Wildland fire management terminology, 1986 (E F S)
69 Management of forest industries, 1986 (E)
68 Appropriate forest industries, 1986 (E)
67 Some medicinal forest plants of Africa and Latin America, 1986 (E)
66 Forestry extension organization, 1986 (C E S)
65 Forest legislation in selected African countries, 1986 (E F)
64 Tree growing by rural people, 1985 (Ar E F S) 
63 Industrial charcoal making, 1985 (E)
62 World list of institutions engaged in forestry and forest products research, 1985 (E F S) 
61 Forest products prices 1965 1984, 1985 (E F S)
60 Monitoring and evaluation of participatory forestry projects, 1985 (E F S)
59 The ecological effects of eucalyptus, 1985 (C E F S)
58 Sawdoctoring manual, 1985 (E S)
57 Coconut wood – Processing and use, 1985 (E S)
56 Breeding poplars for disease resistance, 1985 (E)
55 Intensive multiple use forest management in the tropics, 1985 (E F S)
54 Planificación del desarrollo forestal, 1984 (S)
53 Intensive multiple use forest management in Kerala, 1984 (E F S)
52/2 Field manual on cost estimation in sawmilling industries, 1985 (E)
52/1 Cost estimating in sawmilling industries: guidelines, 1984 (E)
51/1 Studies on the volume and yield of tropicaI forest stands – 1. Dry forest formations, 1989 (E F)
50/1 Changes in shifting cultivation in Africa – seven case studies, 1985 (E)
50 Changes in shifting cultivation in Africa, 1984 (E F)
49 Wood extraction with oxen and agricultural tractors, 1986 (E F S)
48 Land evaluation for forestry, 1984 (C E F S)
47 Technical forestry education – design and implementation, 1984 (E F S)
46 Forest products prices 1963 1982, 1983 (E F S)
45 Establishing pulp and paper mills, 1983 (E)
44/3 Food and fruit bearing forest species – 3. Examples from Latin America, 1986 (E S)
44/2 Food and fruit bearing forest species – 2. Examples from southeastern Asia, 1984 (E F S)
44/1 Food and fruit bearing forest species – 1. Examples from eastern Africa, 1983 (E F S)
43 Forest revenue systems in developing countries, 1983 (E F S)
42 Fuelwood supplies in the developing countries, 1983 (Ar E F S)
41 Simple technologies for charcoal making, 1983 (E F S)
40 Circular saw manual, 1983 (E)
39 Frame saw manual, 1982 (E)
38 Forest products prices 1962 1981, 1982 (E F S)
37 Conservation and development of tropical forest resources, 1982 (E F S)
36 Basic technology in forest operations, 1982 (E F S)
35 Forestry in China, 1982 (C E)
34 Fruit bearing forest trees, 1982 (E F S)
33 Logging of mountain forests, 1982 (E F S)
32 Classification and definitions of forest products, 1982 (Ar E F S)
31 Appropriate technology in forestry, 1982 (E)
30 Tropical forest resources, 1982 (E F S)
29 World forest products, demand and supply 1990 and 2000, 1982 (E F S)
28 Small and medium sawmills in developing countries, 1981 (E S)
27 Manual of forest inventory, 1981 (E F)
26 Forestry and rural development, 1981 (E F S)
25 Public forestry administrations in Latin America, 1981 (E)
24 Cable logging systems, 1981 (C E)
23 Forest products prices 1961 1980, 1981 (E F S)


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22/2 Forest volume estimation and yield prediction – Vol. 2. Yield prediction, 1980 (C E F S)
22/1 Forest volume estimation and yield prediction - Vol. 1. Volume estimation, 1980 (C E F S)
21 Impact on soils of fast growing species in lowland humid tropics, 1980 (E F S)
20/2 A guide to forest seed handling, 1985 (E F S )
20 Forest tree improvement, 1985 (C E F S)
19/2  Pulping and paper making properties of fast growing plantation wood species – Vol. 2, 1980 (E)
19/1 Pulping and paper making properties of fast growing plantation wood species – Vol. 1, 1980 (E)
18 Forest products prices 1960 1978, 1980 (E F S)
17/2 Economic analysis of forestry projects: readings, 1980 (C E)
17/1 Economic analysis of forestry projects: case studies, 1979 (E S)
17 Economic analysis of forestry projects, 1979 (E F S)
16 China: integrated wood processing industries, 1979 (E F S)
15 AGRIS forestry – world catalogue of information and documentation services, 1979 (E F S)
14/1 Logging and transport in steep terrain, 1985 (E)
14 Mountain forest roads and harvesting, 1979 (E)
13 Forest products prices 1960 1977, 1979 (E F S)
12 China: forestry support for agriculture, 1978 (E)
11 Savanna afforestation in Africa, 1977 (E F)
10/2 Assessment of logging costs from forest inventories in the tropics – 2. Data collection and calculations, 1978 (E F S)
10/1 Assessment of logging costs from forest inventories in the tropics – 1. Principles and methodology, 1978 (E F S)
9 Wood chips – production, handling, transport, 1976 (C E S)
8 Establishment techniques for forest plantations, 1978 (Ar C E F S)
7 Forestry for local community development, 1978 (Ar E F S)
6 National parks planning, 1976 (E F)
5 The marketing of tropical wood in South America, 1976 (E S)
4/2 World pulp and paper demand, supply and trade – Vol. 2, 1977 (E F S)
4/1 World pulp and paper demand, supply and trade – Vol. 1, 1977 (E F S)
3/2 World list of forestry schools, 1986 (E F S)
3/1 World list of forestry schools, 1981 (E F S)
3 World list of forestry schools, 1977 (E F S)
2 Planning forest roads and harvesting systems, 1977 (E F S)

1 Forest utilization contracts on public land, 1977 (E F S)


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