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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 by cooling the air, filtering out harmful pollutants and mitigating the effects of climate change. [more]
#2BillionCare - do you? Two billion people live in the drylands, which cover 41 percent of the world's land area. Far from being bare and lifeless, these drylands contain trees and forests essential to the lives of people and animals, supplying basic needs such as food, medicine, wood, energy, and fodder for livestock. But every minute, we lose 23 hectares of land to desertification. Restoring these lands will return life to the soil and to the communities who know them best and depend on them for their livelihoods. [more]
Forests and energy: International Day of Forests 2017 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. While we have been using this energy source to cook and heat our homes since the discovery of fire, today’s scientific advances are opening up even more uses, like turning wood waste into liquid biofuels that fuel cars and airplanes. Using wood harvested from sustainably managed forests keeps a balance for future generations and ensures that wood remains a fuel of the future. [more]
Communicating for forests The Regional Forest Communicators Networks work to promote understanding of topical forestry issues in order to strengthen sustainable forest management in policy and practice. Comprising nearly 500 enthusiastic professionals, the networks share best practices and tools for effective communications campaigns and promote learning among their members. [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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Mediterranean and the Near East

International Day of Forests. Tree planting event in Tlemcen, Algeria The United Nations General assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. From 2013, the day will be observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on earth. [more]
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]
Forests: A source of life The video has been produced by the FAO office in Tunisia (and subregional office for North Africa), in collaboration with the Director-General of Forests, Tunisia. [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]
Tanzania (REDD+ and the future of African Forests) The video highlights key lessons learned in Tanzania during the implementation of forest conservation projects at the local level, and explores the need for scaling up to the national level. [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 Forests and agriculture - land use challenges and opportunities 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

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Biodiversity

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]
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

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]
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. [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]
Developing an innovative National Forest Inventory in Viet Nam Since tropical deforestation and forest degradation is one of the largest sources of emissions caused by humans globally, understanding the value of forest resources and how best to manage them is critical in the fight against climate change. [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]
FAO climate change in Tanzania FAO is in Tanzania is helping people cope with climate change. Water management, sustainable land-use, innovative soil farming practices, are just some of the ways one village is fighting dry conditions. [more]
FAO climate change in Tanzania (longer version) FAO is in Tanzania, where climate change is taking a toll on local populations. FAO-backed initiatives are making it easier for farmers and families to produce crop varieties that grow in dry conditions. [more]
Changing Landscapes of the Mediterranean Land restoration in the Sahel is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition. 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]
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]
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]

 

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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]
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]
International Day of Forests. Tree planting event in Tlemcen, Algeria The United Nations General assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. From 2013, the day will be observed each year to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests and trees to all life on earth. [more]
Turning the tide on desertification in Africa (long 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]
Expanding Africa's Great Green Wall: northern Niger Land restoration in northern Niger is making degraded areas productive again, providing economic opportunities in a region where migration has become a tradition. [more]
Expanding Africa's Great Green Wall: the Sahel Expanding Africa's Great Green Wall: the Sahel

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Protecting forests to preserve livelihoods 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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Energy

Clean energy from sustainable wood 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 Soil Carbon Monitoring in Tanzania 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]
Forests: nature’s powerhouse Forests cover nearly a third of the earth’s land surface and serve as a fuel source much as it has for millennia, currently accounting for about 40 percent of the global renewable energy supply - as much as solar, hydroelectric and wind power combined. [more]
More heat with less wood Making a fire is easy, but making efficient use of wood energy at home is everything else but easy! The affected sectors of development work for the use of wood for heating and cooking are diverse- thermal insulation of housing, heating technology, consumer health and behavioural aspects of wood use along with ensuring a minimum quality of the natural resource wood, to name just a few. [more]

 

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Food Security

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 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. 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) 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

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 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]
Forest regeneration in the Philippines FAO's 2011 State of the World's Forests report, published to coincide with the International Year of Forests, highlights some positive and encouraging trends. Asia and the Near East are showing an increase in forest regeneration and replanting projects. [more]

 

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Watershed Management

Protecting our forests protects our clean water 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]
FAO and the Mau Forest Sustainable forests: a powerful ally against climate change Kenya's Mau Forest stretches over the hills between the Rift Valley and Lake Victoria. Rain falls every day here for at least six months of the year, and water trapped by the Mau feeds 12 important rivers and five major lakes. [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]

 

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last updated:  Thursday, May 10, 2018