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International Day of Forests 2019: Forests and Education Learning to understand our forests and providing children with a foundation to better understand their importance is a critical step to safeguarding natural resources for future generations [more]
The Sustainable Development Goals need forests Forests are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and are a vital part of our global ecosystem. They not only contribute to greener economic growth, but also provide timber, food, fuel and medicine for more than a third of the world’s population. They are our life-support system. We must manage forests sustainably as it is forests that make sustainable development possible. [more]
Forests and water: International Day of Forests 2016 Forests are vital to our water supply. They influence how and where rain falls, and they filter and clean our water. By protecting the world’s forests, we are also protecting the clean water that we depend upon for our survival. [more]
Forests and climate change: International Day of Forests 2015 Climate change is subjecting our planet to unsustainable pressures. Forests and trees trap and store carbon as they grow – standing at the frontline against climate change. [more]

 

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Biodiversity

Papua New Guinea: First National Forest Inventory and Biodiversity Survey Papua New Guinea is embarking on its first national forest inventory (NFI) under the arrangements for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)+. [more]
Wildlife in a changing climate FAO Wildlife and Protected Area officer Edgar Kaeslin highlights the case of mountain gorillas in Rwanda (the original 'gorillas in the mist') who are under threat due to climate change. [more]
Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management The animation illustrates the identity and remit of the CPW, and conveys this constructive message: “We can confront existing challenges affecting wildlife. This is particularly true if we bring together complementary competences and align our efforts globally, whenever possible or necessary”. [more]

 

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Cities

Forests and Sustainable Cities: International Day of Forests 2018 Forests and Sustainable Cities: International Day of Forests 2018

More people live in cities than ever before and by 2050, 6 billion people or as much as 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. But rapid urbanization does not need to result in polluted urban sprawl. Trees and urban forests can make our cities greener, healthier and happier places to live.


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Benefits of urban trees Large urban trees are excellent filters for urban pollutants and fine particulates. Trees can provide food, such as fruits, nuts and leaves. Spending time near trees improves physical and mental health by increasing energy level and speed of recovery. [more]

 

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Climate Change

Sustainable forests: a powerful ally against climate change Climate change is subjecting our planet to unsustainable pressures. Forests and trees trap and store carbon as they grow – standing at the frontline against climate change. [more]
Turning the tide on desertification in Africa In Senegal, the Acacia project has involved the planting and managing of Acacia forests in arid lands helping combat desertification while providing life-changing benefits to local communities. [more]
Action Against Desertification Over the next decade, 50 million people may be displaced by desertification - the result of climate change and the depletion of natural resources. [more]

 

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Desertification

Help raise awareness on the importance of the world's dryland forests Two billion people live in the drylands, which cover 41 percent of the world's land area. But every minute, we lose 23 hectares of land to desertification. [more]
Action Against Desertification Over the next decade, 50 million people may be displaced by desertification - the result of climate change and the depletion of natural resources. [more]
Turning the tide on desertification in Africa (short version) In Senegal, the Acacia project has involved the planting and managing of Acacia forests in arid lands helping combat desertification while providing life-changing benefits to local communities. [more]

 

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Energy

Clean energy from sustainable wood More people live in cities than ever before and by 2050, 6 billion people or as much as 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. But rapid urbanization does not need to result in polluted urban sprawl. Trees and urban forests can make our cities greener, healthier and happier places to live. Forests and trees absorb the sun’s energy and store it by turning it into wood—the world’s most used source of renewable energy. [more]
Forests and Energy Forests are nature’s powerhouse and a vital resource for meeting the world’s renewable-energy demand. [more]
Better cookstoves for better lives For many households in developing countries, forests and trees are indispensable and some 2.4 billion people rely on wood for cooking. Traditional cooking methods make inefficient use of this precious commodity, leading to overuse and degradation of the forests. [more]

 

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Food Security

Forest and Farm Facility amplifies the potential of forest and farm producer groups The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) works directly with producer organizations to help them become stronger, amplify their potential and connect with each other. [more]
Forests for food security and nutrition Forests provide an estimated one billion people globally with nutritious foods. Their products are consumed directly by people living in and around forests and are also sold, generating income for rural populations. [more]
Boosting income and forest cover in Viet Nam In Viet Nam, food security and forest cover have both increased significantly in the last 25 years thanks to economic and agricultural reforms as well as an increased emphasis on community-based forest management. [more]

 

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Mountains

International Mountain Day 2018: #MountainsMatter Mountains cover 22 percent of the world’s land surface and are home to roughly 13 percent of the world’s population. We all depend on mountains, for freshwater, agrobiodiversity, clean energy, timber and medicinal plants. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change in unprecedented way. [more]
International Mountain Day The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 11 December the International Day of Mountains. From 2003, the day is observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of mountains. [#print("more")]
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Sustainable Forest Management

Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism

FAO’s Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) programme was established to support countries to plan and carry out activities to restore degraded forest, crop, range and other productive lands, in order to improve the resilience, productivity and socio-economic value from restored landscapes.


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European forestry innovation: charting a path towards a green economy

This film highlights how Finland is setting an example in sustainable forest management and how the many and varied innovations emerging from Finland's forestry sector can help, not only Finland, but the rest of Europe, in achieving the goal of greening their economies.


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Sustainable Forestry: a Safety-Net for Gambella Refugees and Host Communities

An FAO project in the Gambella region is working to support the energy needs of the large refugee community, in order to reduce the negative impacts on local forest resources and alleviate the pressure on the host population.


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Watershed Management

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Mediterranean and the Near East

Changing Landscapes of the Mediterranean In the run up to the first International Day of Forests on the 21st March 2013, the countries of the Mediterranean are meeting to discuss the state of Mediterranean forests and what can be done to safeguard them. [more]

 

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Asia Pacific

Boosting income and forest cover in Viet Nam Globally, agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation. Yet in Viet Nam, food security and forest cover have both increased significantly in the last 25 years thanks to economic and agricultural reforms. [more]
Papua New Guinea: First National Forest Inventory and Biodiversity Survey Papua New Guinea is embarking on its first national forest inventory (NFI) under the arrangements for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)+. [more]
Developing an innovative National Forest Inventory in Viet Nam Viet Nam is developing an innovative National Forest Inventory together with experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Finland as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. [more]
Free forestry software in the battle against climate change The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has officially launched new software that is expected to help significantly in the fight against climate change. [more]

 

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Africa

Better cookstoves for better lives For many households in developing countries, forests and trees are indispensable and some 2.4 billion people rely on wood for cooking. [more]
Empowering forest communities in the Gambia A nationwide programme to transfer government-owned forest land to local communities is changing lives in The Gambia while promoting the sustainable management of its forests. [more]
Expanding Africa's Great Green Wall Land restoration in northern Niger is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition. [more]

 

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Europe

European forestry innovation: charting a path towards a green economy This film highlights how Finland is setting an example in sustainable forest management and how the many and varied innovations emerging from Finland's forestry sector can help, not only Finland, but the rest of Europe, in achieving the goal of greening their economies. [more]
A greener Europe The World Expo has always been a showcase for state-of-the-art building, science and technology. [more]
Urban architecture goes green The World Expo has always been a showcase for state-of-the-art building, science and technology. [more]

 

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Latin America and the Caribbean

Reclaiming the forests of Costa Rica After decades of clear-cutting forests for cattle pastures and commodity crops, Costa Rica’s forest cover has now increased to 54 percent, thanks to more sustainable agriculture practices, stronger legal controls over land use, and funding for forest protection. [more]
National Forest Inventory of Peru The Ministries of Agriculture and Environment of Peru, with technical support from FAO and financial support from the Government of Finland, launched the "National Forest Inventory and Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate" programme. [more]
Taking stock of Panama's tropical forests Almost half of Panama is covered by rich forests. By sustainably managing these forests the opportunities for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) are huge. [more]

 

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last updated:  Friday, October 18, 2019