Arid zone forests and forestry
Forests are not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of arid zones. However, about 18% of land in arid zones is covered by forests. Given the multiple roles they perform, forests are perhaps more important in arid zones than elsewhere. Indeed forests in arid zones:
- Are rich in biodiversity which has adapted to extreme ecological conditions;
- Provide vital ecosystem goods and services;
- Constitute a buffer against drought and desertification;
- Offer a safety net against poverty;
- Represent a natural capital for adaptation and mitigation to climate change.
Yet the significance of these forests is still often underrated and consequently sustainable management and conservation activities targeting arid zones forests fail to attract adequate technical resources and financial investments.
- Provides a connecting platform for arid zone forestry experts, field technicians, decision-makers, relevant stakeholders and practitioners;
- Disseminates knowledge and lessons learnt on the topic of arid zone forests and forestry, including practical training material, guidelines, best practices, field projects and programmes;
- Provides up-to-date information on current FAO meetings and events related to arid zone forests and forestry issues worldwide;
- Serves as a gateway for partners and donors interested in contributing to FAO’s effort towards the conservation, the sustainable use and restoration of dryland forest multiple good and services, key for securing food and livelihoods of billions of people.