Non-series publications

Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests In 2007 the United Nations Forum on Forests adopted the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests, commonly known as the Forest Instrument. This international consensus was reached to boost the implementation of sustainable forest management. From 2008 FAO initiated the first pilot project to facilitate the implementation of the Forest Instrument in Ghana, with funding support from Germany. This was followed by three more pilot projects in Liberia, Nicaragua and the Philippines. With support from Japan, FAO convened regional capacity-building workshops involving 60 countries and supported seven countries (India, Gabon, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe) with awareness raising, stocktaking and reporting. This publication describes the approach and the lessons learned from its application, and it makes recommendations on how to implement the Forest Instrument. [more]
State of Mediterranean Forests 2013 Forest ecosystems and other wooded lands are an important component of landscapes in the Mediterranean region, contributing significantly to rural development, poverty alleviation and food security. At the request of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions-Silva Mediterranea, FAO and Plan Bleu have produced the first State of Mediterranean Forests in collaboration with many institutions around the Mediterranean. [more]
Information guide: The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment Since 2003, FAO has been working on topics pertaining to edible insects in many countries worldwide [more]
Training manual: Collaborative conflict management for enhanced national forest programmes Published by the National Forest Programme Facility at FAO, the manual provides guidelines for designing and conducting training courses for practitioners involved in managing conflict related to forest policy. It suggests a general framework for a five-day course and provides training activities, questions that training participants in conflict management workshops often ask, and a sample training agenda. [more]
Forests and Water – International Momentum and Action Forests play a crucial role in the hydrological cycle. A key challenge faced by land, forest and water managers is to maximize the wide range of forest benefits without detriment to water resources and ecosystem function. With partners, FAO is working to develop a comprehensive and practical international forests and water agenda to address this challenge. This publication synthesizes experiences ranging from research to project implementation worldwide and provides recommendations for the way forward. [more]
FAO, Forests and Climate Change Working at the forefront of climate change policy and practice, FAO, with its team of more than 150 forestry professionals, supports countries to raise awareness, strengthen technical capacity and create enabling policy environments. Recognizing that climate change affects us all, FAO also promotes collaboration among the forestry, agriculture, fisheries and energy sectors and between climate change and food security policy-makers. [more]
Forests for improved nutrition and food security This publication highlights how forests, woodlands and trees support food and nutritional security, both directly and indirectly. It provides policy recommendations on how the contribution of forests and trees to food security can be sustained and enhanced. [more]
Managing forests for climate change Managing forests for climate change focuses on the central role of forest management in climate change mitigation and adaptation. It describes the many ways in which good forest management practices can maximize forests’ contribution to climate change mitigation as well as help forests and forest-dependent people adapt to new conditions. [more]
Trends in Wood Products 1961-2003 This user-friendly publication provides a graphic overview of key global and regional trends in the domains of wood and wood products. It summarizes the detailed statistics compiled by FAO, in partnership with national and international institutions, and published in the annual FAO Yearbook of Forest Products. [more]
Negotiation and mediation techniques for natural resource management A guidebook on how to deal with conflicts that can undermine or disrupt natural resource management, impede development and cause outbreaks of violence. It provides practical, step-by-step guidance on how to establish and manage a process of consensual negotiations involving multiple stakeholders, and how to integrate this process into the broad framework of collaborative natural resource management.The guide was developed within the framework of FAO’s Livelihood Support Programme (LSP), which is funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). It builds on previously published FAO training material on community-based forest resource conflict management, revised based on the experiences of trainers, trainees and programme coordinators after almost two years of application in the field in Ghana. [more]
An illustrated guide to the state of health of trees: recognition and interpretation of symptoms and damage Insect pests and diseases routinely affect the health of trees, and major outbreaks can have catastrophic environmental and economic impacts. The effective management of all tree health problems depends on their early detection. This guide will help readers recognize symptoms of ill health in trees and understand their general significance. The guide provides 140 photographs of symptoms from more than 50 tree species to be used as a basis for demonstrating the effects of pest (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) influences on trees. It is not an identification guide to insect pests and diseases of trees, but aims to help people make visual assessments of tree health problems and to provide a preliminary diagnosis which in turn will assist in better planning and more effective management of forests and trees. The guide will be useful to anyone interested in tree health or responsible for managing trees. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, March 4, 2014