Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems
The Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems and to promote the scaling and adoption of good practices for their protection, sustainable management and restoration, while enhancing and contributing to environmental and socio-economic resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
Forests and agrosilvopastoral systems in drylands play crucial ecological, social and economic roles, while improving the environmental sustainability and resilience of landscapes. Home to species adapted to extreme ecological conditions, they provide essential goods and ecosystems services and the means to adapt to climate change, maintain land productivity, regulate water cycle, prevent and combat desertification and increase the resilience of the communities who live in the world’s dryland areas. If well managed and properly valued, forests and agrosilvopastoral systems can help alleviate poverty and contribute to the food security and sustainable livelihoods of two billion people worldwide.
Yet despite their critical role, extensive areas of drylands are degraded or at high risk of further degradation and associated environmental and socio-economic impacts, including desertification, conflict, water and food insecurity, migration and unemployment.
The working group was established as a subsidiary body of the Committee on Forestry during the 22nd session of the committee in 2014.
The first meeting of the Working Group was held at FAO headquarter in Rome, on 16 and 17 July 2019.
Dryland ongoing Projects