Non-series publications

Women’s land rights and agrarian change: evidence from indigenous communities in Cambodia. This research analyses the ways in which current changes in land tenure, agrarian and socio-economic systems are reshaping resource allocations and transfers within households in indigenous communitiesin Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia. While other gendered aspects of the transformations occurring in indigenous societies have received more attention in recent years, the changes occurring in the customary laws that determine land access, ownership and inheritance alongside gender, as well as generational lines, have not been explored. [more]
Forest and Water The publication of the flyer intends to disseminate the work of the Forest and Water Programme. It is cover the importance of integrated forest and water management and demonstrate the role of the Forest and Water Programme in this context, providing an overview on the vision, mission, goals and activities of the programme. [more]
FAO's work with indigenous peoples in forestry Indigenous peoples manage approximately 28 percent of the world’s land surface, including some of the most ecologically intact forest areas. Yet indigenous peoples continue to struggle to defend their lands, forests and resource rights, in addition to fighting against persecution, marginalization and other forms of oppression. FAO’s Forestry Department has been working with indigenous peoples for many years to address the unique challenges they face, while assisting governments with the development of appropriate forestry policies that take indigenous peoples’ land, resource rights and views into account. [more]
Integrated policy for forests, food security and sustainable livelihoods: lessons from the Republic of Korea In the 1950s and 1960s, the Republic of Korea was one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Deforestation had stripped the country of half its forest cover, contributing to severe erosion, repetitive flood and drought damage and a decrease in agricultural production which threatened national food security. Recognizing the importance of forests’ watershed and soil protection functions in restoring agricultural productivity, the government undertook an intensive forest rehabilitation effort. The implementation of two Ten-Year Forest Rehabilitation Plans in the 1970s and 1980s not only fully restored the country’s forest cover, but also delivered food security benefits and contributed to national economic development. These goals were achieved by integrating forestry, rural development and community mobilization in the rehabilitation policy. This study demonstrates how the rehabilitation plans incorporated food and nutrition objectives and how forest rehabilitation contributed to satisfying the four dimensions of food security − food availability, food access, food utilization and stability of food security. This experience may provide inspiration for other developing countries desiring to incorporate forest rehabilitation and sustainable forest management in their food security goals and policies. [more]
Policy brief: Making national forest funds more effective This short publication gives an overview of the mechanism of financing sustainable forest management projects through national forest funds (NFFs) and on how this mechanism can be used in an effective way. [more]
Policy brief: Strengthening public forestry administrations Public forestry administration has a long history, in some countries dating back to the early nineteenth century, when forest policies mainly focused on wood production. Over time, forest policies and programmes have changed in multiple ways. This brief describes the changing context within which public forestry administrations operate and outlines concrete steps they can take to adapt and strengthen their capacity to fulfil their mandates. [more]
Assessing and promoting trees outside forests in Asian rice production landscapes Planted or naturally regenerated trees scattered throughout rice production landscapes or in and around agricultural plots, in the pilot sites and elsewhere, have proven to be excellent sources of goods and services to increase the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural landscapes. [more]
The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources This first volume of The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources constitutes a major step in building the information and knowledge base required for action towards better conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources at the national, regional and international levels. [more]
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]
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]