To succeed in landscape restoration in North Korea, it is necessary to invest large-scale resources over a long period. Therefore, participation and support by the international community are essential. The FAO, as an international neutral forum, could play a leading role organizing such international support, given its presence and experience in North Korea, expertise and experience in the FLR, financial mobilization capacity and strong convening power. [more]
Ghana is now ready for the final assessment of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) that will ensure that timber and timber products exported to the European Union (EU) come from legal sources. [more]
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is inviting Canadians to show their appreciation of trees and forests by taking part in a United Nations-sponsored contest highlighting International Day of Forests 2019. The Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has established “Forests and Education” as the theme to mark the occasion and, in doing so, the international body is inviting teachers and non-teachers across the globe to prepare a short video that shows how they educate children about the importance of trees and forests for our planet’s future. [more]
Between 2010 and 2015, forests around the Mediterranean have expanded by two per cent, but that has come at the price of significant degradation and increasing vulnerability to climate change, population pressures, wildfires and water scarcity, warned a UN report. [more]
Guyana and the European Union (EU) have concluded a six-year process of negotiations towards a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which aims to improve the application of forest laws, strengthen forest governance and promote trade in legal wood products. Representatives of Guyana and the EU were expected to initial the VPA on November 23 (yesterday) in Brussels, ahead of each side signing and ratifying the agreement. [more]
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation is important in protecting Liberia’s forest sector. At the end of a weeklong training organized by FAO in partnership with Forestry Development Authority REDD+ Project, FAO noted that reduction of emission is a significant stride that will strengthen Liberia’s capacity to combat climate change. [more]
The study aims to improve understanding about how payment for ecosystem services schemes can be applied to forests, including forests’ hydrological functions, to provide mutual benefits for humans and the environment. The study includes a database of 229 case studies on water-related payment for forest ecosystem services schemes across the UNECE region’s 23 member States. [more]
Tajikistan is a dry and mountainous country where agroforestry is increasingly stabilizing soils degraded by decades of overgrazing, while growing food and providing cover for wildlife. “Alley cropping” is the main agroforestry technique used in the area of Faizobod, in which crops or grains are grown between rows of fruit or nut trees that shield the tender annuals from incessant wind and sun. [more]
While the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes more dire warnings about the speed of change, building experts offer mass-timber options to reduce carbon emissions in construction. Wood Works B.C.’s annual Wood Solutions conference is doing double-duty this year as a week-long gathering of international policy makers in collaboration with Passivehouse Canada and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry. [more]
From Athens to Melbourne and Seoul to New York, big cities are increasingly turning to trees to help protect them from heatwaves and floods, and to boost people’s physical and mental health, urban officials and environmental experts say. South Korea’s capital Seoul recently planted more than 2,000 groves and gardens, and Melbourne in Australia plans to nearly double its canopy cover to 40 percent by 2040. [more]
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon on Wednesday asked the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for financial and technical support to improve the living standards of local communities that still rely on fishery and forestry products for a living. The request was made during the National Consultative Workshop on FAO Country Programme’s Evaluation in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. [more]
In its biennial report, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) points to an overall global slowing of logging as cause for optimism about the world’s forests. Over the seven decades that the assessments and reports have been conducted and issued by the UN’s FAO, issues of concern have shifted from supply to sustainability. The report claims that the regenerative preservation of forests could help achieve at least 10 of the 17 sustainable development goals set out by the international community in 2015. [more]
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UN-FAO) is distributing 11,000 stoves to families in Borno State. 5,000 stoves had already being distributed with 6,000 more to be distributed before the end of the year, in an effort to checkmate cases of respiratory problems associated with cooking with firewood. [more]
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) have announced plans to scale up a digital FAO platform that assists countries in measuring, monitoring and reporting on forests and land use. [more]
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have published a report highlighting the contribution that wood energy can make to achieving SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). [more]
The world lost tree cover the size of Italy in 2017 as forests were cleared using fire to make way for farms from the Amazon to the Congo Basin, an independent forest monitoring network said on Wednesday. [more]
El Parque Regional de Sierra Espuña, El Valle y Carrascoy y Calblanque celebrarán el Día Internacional de los Bosques con diversas actividades para todos los públicos. El tema de este año se centra en un 'Homenaje a los bosques y al agua'. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura anima a todos los países a unirse para celebrar este día con iniciativas en el plano local, nacional e internacional. [more]
Green Wall of Hope. An ambitious land restoration project hopes to reverse the effects of desertification and alleviate poverty in the Sahel. Gavin Haines charts the Great Green Wall’s journey from pipedream to reality and asks what role tourism could have in this landmark project. [more]
Ejemplo en protección forestal. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) elogió a Costa Rica por ser "un ejemplo mundial en políticas de protección forestal" [more]
Costa Rica, el país donde el bosque se ha multiplicado por dos La Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) ha elogiado a Costa Rica como «ejemplo mundial» en políticas de protección forestal al destacar que en 30 años duplicó su superficie boscosa que cubre el 50 por ciento de su territorio. [more]
Costa Rica, referente mundial en protección forestal, dice la FAO - See more at: http://www.efeverde.com/blog/noticias/la-fao-destaca-costa-rica-como-referente-mundial-en-proteccion-forestal/#sthash.W8tbMw3B.oqzqmcAW.dpuf [more]
La FAO destaca a Costa Rica como referente mundial en protección forestal La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) elogió hoy a Costa Rica por ser "un ejemplo mundial en políticas de protección forestal". [more]
Senegal: la muraglia verde dove c’era il deserto. Milioni di alberi e arbusti piantati in terreni aridi e quasi privi di vita. Parte da qui il Rinascimento agricolo dell’Africa subsahariana dopo anni di carestie e guerre. [more]
The Senior Forestry Officer of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Ghana, Mr. Foday Bojang, has called for a humanistic approach to efforts geared towards conserving forests in Africa. [more]
Claves - Deforestación: ¿bomba de tiempo? FAO’s Senior Regional Forestry Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Meza, recently took part in a televised debate in Paraguay to talk about the state of forests in the region. [more]
The area under forest cover continues to decline globally, with the biggest losses of tropical forests occurring in South America and Africa , according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). [more]
Celebrating forest and tree diversity on the International Day of Forests. We interviewed Bioversity International researcher Judy Loo and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Albert Nikiema, who are at the forefront of preparations on the first ever State of the World Report on Forest Genetic Resources to be published in 2014. They told us about their plans for this day and what we can all do to fully recognize its importance. [more]
Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change. [more]
Zimbabwe has launched a Human-Wildlife Conflict Management Centre (HWCMC) in a bid to guarantee a balance between benefits and preservation of endangered species in the country. The Food and Agriculture Organisation funded construction of the Mukuvisi Woodlands-based centre, which will provide experts and the public with information on preservation of such species. [more]
Fernando Salinas, Senior Forestry Officer, FAO Sub-regional Office for West Africa, talks about the launch of the project GCP/RAF/447/GFF “Development of a Trans-Frontier Conservation Area Linking Forest Reserves and Protected Areas in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire”. [more]
In recognition of the 26 percent of land: Forests. Throughout history, the world’s forests have contributed to the prosperity of nations. Indeed, many individuals have also profited — some handsomely — by cutting down trees and selling forest products. The writer is Pat Durst, Senior Forestry Officer with the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. [more]
The Seeds of Change. If current trends continue, two-thirds of Africa’s arable land could be lost to desertification by 2025. But sprouting from the parched earth are the green shoots of optimism, writes Gavin Haines [more]
In the margin of the Eleventh Conference of Parties to the United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD-COP11), the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization and Global Mechanism of the UNCCD held a joint side event on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) on 20 September 20, in Windhoek, Namibia. [more]
How can the wood industry foster sustainable development in the Congo Basin countries? An interview with Eva Muller, Director Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division, FAO, for the International Forum on the Sustainable Development of the Wood Industry in the Congo Basin. [more]
Asia is a paradigm in turning the tide of deforestation. As increasing attention is now being given to the benefits of forests and to sustainable forest management, the worst phase of deforestation has already passed, says Eduardo Rojas-Briales. Following the example of success in a number of developing countries, particularly in Asia, he stresses that others will need to work hard over the coming decades to improve their forest services and protect their forest reserves. [more]
Indonesia’s recurring forest fires threaten environment. Indonesia’s forest fires, a predictable annual ritual, will continue to have serious implications for health and the environment in Southeast Asia unless the government strengthens forest protection, warn environmental groups. [more]
Behind the rhetoric what is really being done to combat desertification? “Trees provide us with many benefits,” explains Mustafa, as we sit on a mat in the centre of his village. “They are good for the soil and important for food security.” [more]
The future of food? 2 billion people eating insects.Afton Halloran, consultant at Food and Agriculture Organization, describes the use of insects as food in developing nations to provide nutrients missed in local food supplies and how the practice is spreading globally. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse." [more]
Conferência sobre florestas discute metas do milênio pós-2015. Os países reunidos na Conferência Internacional sobre Florestas para Nutrição e Segurança Alimentar, em Roma, debatem as Metas do Milênio pós 2015. [more]
U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try. A report released Monday by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reminds us that there are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth, hundreds of which are already part of the diet in many countries. [more]
UN looks to insects to help combat world hunger. While many people might balk at the idea of eating insects, for billions of people in developing countries they are a readily available source of protein and minerals. [more]
UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger. Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report. The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. [more]
'Green wall' to target Sahel terrorism. Desertification in Africa's Sahel region may be driving a range of problems including terrorism. Gavin Haines investigates whether a project to reforest the region could help. [more]
UN chief, marking International Day, urges greater protection for world's forests. Governments, businesses and civil society must commit to protect forests by reducing deforestation, preventing environmental degradation, and providing sustainable livelihoods for all of those who depend on this precious ecosystem, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. [more]
Planting a tree to plant our future. International Day of Forests , celebrated by the United Nations for the first time on March 21, invites people and communities around the world to "plant a tree, plant our future." The appeal is being made to spotlight the vital importance of forests in our lives, and to rally world opinion in defense of our forests against pressures on several fronts. [more]
L'invité 26/02/2013 : Nora Berrahmouni, experte forestière à la FAO. Des experts de la FAO l'organisation mondiale pour l’alimentation, des organes de gestion de l'environnement et des forêts et autres partenaires techniques sont réunis ici à Dakar au Sénégal, c'est la suite de la réflexion engagée l'année dernière en Turquie sur la mise en place de paysages forestiers capables de résister à la sécheresse et autres intempéries. L'objectif étant de restaurer les forêts et les terres dégradées aussi bien sous l'effet de la désertification que les politiques foncières inadéquates ainsi que la mauvaise gouvernance. Et La FAO veut s'inspirer de l'expérience du Sénégal qui a déjà commencé la restauration des zones arides. Nora Berrahmouni experte forestière à la FAO est l'invité de BBC matin, elle répond aux questions de Nathalie Wakam. [more]
How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries. Agroforestry has multiple benefits, it's important that they are raised in food security debates so that they can reach their potential [more]
International Mountain Day. Despite their mighty appearance mountains are real softies -when it comes to the effects of climate change. Host to a variety of climates and weather conditions they are real biodiversity hotspots. But mountains and the life they sustain – human and animal – are particularly sensitive to climatic changes. Today, on International Mountain Day , The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reminds us of just how important mountains are when it comes to protecting our climate [more]
Montañas, la fuente de agua del mundo. Las montañas son fuente de vida y un elemento clave del desarrollo rural y urbano. El 12% de la población rural vive en las tierras altas, amenazadas por la deforestación, grandes movimientos migratorios y por el cambio climático. [more]
No Dia Internacional das Montanhas, ONU alerta sobre aquecimento global. Para especialista da FAO, mudanças climáticas ameaçam regiões montanhosas e afetam abastecimento de água; metade da população mundial consome água que vem das montanhas. Foto: Unep [more]
Spotlight shines on the world's mountains . December the 11th is International Mountain Day. On the sidelines of the recent Doha Climate Summit concern was expressed over the effects global warming is having on the world’s peaks. Lydia O’Kane spoke Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General of the Forestry Department, at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization about the work being done to prevent mountains from becoming casualties of climate change. [more]
Published in IUFRO's book, Forests under pressure - local responses to global issues, chapter 8 examines the enabling conditions or successful factors behind a set of exemplary cases of forest management by communities in Latin America.
Many people make a good living by harvesting and processing timber and non-timber forest products, but a great many more are poor. A key task for forest policymakers, foresters and extension agencies is to enable forest-dwelling people to earn more from forests. This edition of ITTO's Tropical Forest Update looks at the role of forests in livelihoods. Ewald Rametsteiner and Adrian Whiteman (p. 3) present an article summarizing FAO’s State of the World’s Forests 2014, which surveyed the socioeconomic benefits provided by forests.
With its mandate to work on natural resource management, food security, and livelihoods and its attention to the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has played a leading role in sustainable mountain development for many years. Published in Mountain Research and Development.
This paper, developed under the framework of the RECCAP initiative, aims at providing improved estimates of the carbon and green house gases (GHG) balance of continental Africa. Published in Biogeosciences.
A globally integrated carbon observation and analysis system is needed to improve the fundamental understanding of the global carbon cycle, to improve our ability to project future changes, and to verify the effectiveness of policies aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration. Published in Biogeosciences.
Accurately mapping forest carbon now has important financial and livelihood implications for many smallholder farmers, businesses, investors, land-use projects and governments. Thus there is an urgent need to reduce uncertainties in the carbon cycle with the increasing focus on global sustainable forestry, and the international agenda on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation. Published in Nature Climate Change.
In the context of the adoption at the 16th Conference of the Parties in 2010 on the REDD+ mitigation mechanism, it is important to obtain reliable data on the spatiotemporal variation of forest carbon stocks and changes (called Emission Factor, EF). Published in International Journal of Forestry Research.
Developing countries that are willing to participate in the recently adopted (16th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP) in Cancun) mitigation mechanism of Reducing emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation - and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) - will have to establish a national forest monitoring system in order to assess anthropogenic forest-related greenhouse gas emissions by sources and removals by sinks. Published in Carbon Balance and Management.