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Mediterranean and the Near East

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Asia Pacific

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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]
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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]
Road to legality This film provides valuable information on the ongoing implementation of the FLEGT Action Plan along the timber supply chain - from harvest in the tropical rainforest of the Congo Basin, to consumption in the EU. [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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Biodiversity

Wildlife in a changing climate 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. 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]
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]
Protecting Mongolia's forests An FAO programme that helps local communities in Mongolia to protect their own forests is being seen as a model for action in the Asia-Pacific region. The Participatory Forest Management project has effectively stopped illegal logging and forest fires in 15 pilot districts since it began in 2007. [more]

 

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Cities

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. [more]
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

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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. [#escape($messages.getMessage($message, null, $locale))]
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Energy

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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]
State of the World’s Forests 2016: Forests and agriculture - land use challenges and opportunities Agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation. However, it is possible under certain conditions to achieve sustainable agriculture and food security while also halting deforestation. [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]
State of the World’s Forests 2016: Forests and agriculture - land use challenges and opportunities (longer version) The Sustainable Development Goals need forests Agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation. Large-scale commercial agriculture and subsistence agriculture currently account for 73 percent of deforestation in the tropics and subtropics. [more]
A spotlight on mountains - Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity The ambassadors of Italy, the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Switzerland to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – Pierfrancesco Sacco, Luis Sánchez Gomez, François Pythoud – talk about how mountains contribute to sustainable development in this video. [more]
Insects to Feed the World Conference 2014 The first international conference on insects for food and feed brought over 450 participants from 45 countries together to discuss the state of the art in edible insect research, business and policy. [more]
FAO and the Mau Forest Over the past 15 years in Kenya's Mau Forest a quarter of the forest canopy has been lost because of deforestation from illegal and ill-planned settlements, land appropriation and unlicensed logging. [more]
Edible insects While you wouldn't find too many of them on menus in Europe or the US, in many countries 'insects' form an important part of people's diets. In fact, it's estimated that 2 billion people -- a third of the planet -- consume insects. [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]
Forests for people 2011 was declared by the UN General Assembly the International Year of the Forests with special focus on Forests for People. In this film, we explore the work being done by FAO and its partners across the globe to involve local communities in the protection of their forests. [more]
Protecting Mongolia's forests An FAO programme that helps local communities in Mongolia to protect their own forests is being seen as a model for action in the Asia-Pacific region. [more]

 

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Mountains

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. [more]
Mountains and Climate Change: A Global Concern In a changing climate, mountain regions are among the most vulnerable. They provide the world with resources such as water, timber, biodiversity and hydraulic energy and they are at risk. [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]

 

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Sustainable Forest Management

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]
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]
State of the World’s Forests 2016: Forests and agriculture - land use challenges and opportunities Agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation. However, it is possible under certain conditions to achieve sustainable agriculture and food security while also halting deforestation. [more]
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. [more]
Empowering forest communities in The Gambia 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. 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]
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 as well as an increased emphasis on community-based forest management. [more]
Why does legal timber matter? The FAO FLEGT Programme has supported over 200 projects in 40 tropical timber-producing countries to improve forest governance and support legal timber trade. FAO works with the European Union (EU), member states, partner organizations and local stakeholders to help prepare timber-producing countries in Asia, Africa and South America to implement bilateral trade agreeements on legal timber with the EU. [more]
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]
Forests and agriculture - land use challenges and opportunities Agriculture remains the most significant driver of global deforestation. Large-scale commercial agriculture and subsistence agriculture currently account for 73 percent of deforestation in the tropics and subtropics. [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]
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 In this episode, FAO Wildlife and Protected Area officer Edgar Kaeslin highlights the case of mountain gorillas in Rwanda, who are under threat due to climate change. [more]
Protecting our natural resources The UN Food and Agriculture Organization releases the Global Forest Resources Assessment report – known as FRA - every 5 years, using data collected by member countries on their forests and the impact they have on the environment. [more]
Soil Carbon Monitoring in Tanzania Deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries account for nearly 20% of green house gas emissions worldwide, which is why estimating and reducing these emissions has become a key goal for the international community as the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. [more]
Developing an innovative National Forest Inventory in Viet Nam 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 FAO has officially launched new software that is expected to help significantly in the fight against climate change. [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]
Russia's Far East: pathway to sustainable forest industry The forests of Russia's Far East play a crucial role in stabilizing global climate and may largely contribute to the global wood products market. [more]
Mapping Forests -- The Path to Green Growth A vibrant forestry industry can mean a brighter future for nations that pursue modern, sustainable forestry management practices: more and better jobs; lower environmental impact; a carbon neutral industry; and a renewable, sustainable approach to economic development. [more]
Forestry and the forest industry in a green economy An effort is under way worldwide to better manage our planet's forest resources and better enhance their role in mitigating climate change. [more]

 

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Watershed Management

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last updated:  Thursday, May 10, 2018