FAO's Forestry department works across a number of sectors.  Below are links to publications in these areas as well as links to publications from the regions.    


     Biodiversity and wildlife   Food security and livelihoods
   Cities   Mountains
   Climate Change   Sustainable forest management
   Desertification     Watershed management

From the regions

Asia and the Pacific

Agroforestry in rice production landscapes in Southeast Asia: a practical manual 30 May 2017 This publication represents an output of work conducted on trees outside forests (TOF) as part of Regional Rice Initiative (RRI) Phase 2. It provides practical information on the status, benefits and techniques related the use of TOF in rice production landscapes in Southeast Asia. The manual describes the main rice-based farming systems in Southeast Asia, discusses the potential of agroforestry in enhancing the livelihood of smallholder farmers in rice growing areas in Southeast Asia, and gives an overview of traditional and innovative practices integrating trees in rice-based farms and landscapes. The manual also provides practical information to guide the planning, design and management of agroforestry in rice production systems in Southeast Asia, including case studies from several countries in the region. [more]
Mainstreaming Gender into Forestry Interventions in Asia and the Pacific: Training Manual 24 November 2016 The training manual is composed of 5 learning blocks beginning with an overall introduction to the training by creating an enabling space for personal gender reflection. This is followed by sessions to build a foundation for gender analysis which unpack the concept of gender and gender roles through the Harvard Analytical Framework to facilitate the understanding of practical implications. Gender equity and equality is emphasized in forestry interventions as the goal of gender mainstreaming. The core components of gender mainstreaming in gender-sensitive actions are discussed. The practical tools for mainstreaming gender into forestry interventions are explored through project management cycles from assessment until evaluation and re-planning process. Gender mainstreaming in organization is also addressed with specific action points for each participant to follow after the training. [more]
Towards a Greener, Healthier and Happier Future. Meeting Proceedings The 1st Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting, Zhuhai, China 6 - 8 April, 2016 24 November 2016 The objectives of the meeting were to: 1) discuss the current status of UPF in the Asia-Pacific region; 2) exchange successful stories and lessons learned of UPF policy and management; 3) develop UPF strategies and nature-based solutions and discuss possible long-term collaboration between countries and/or cities towards a greener, healthier, and happier future. [more]


Europe and Central Asia

Gender, rural livelihoods and forestry: Assessment of gender issues in Kosovo's forestry 7 July 2017 The main purposes of this research are to identify and analyse the role of women and men in the forestry sector in Kosovo, and women’s and men’s ownership and use of forests. The report also aims to analyse the gender issues within the institutional policy and legal framework that governs forest management, in order to provide recommendations on how to mainstream gender in forest policies in Kosovo more effectively. [more]
State of Europe's Forests 2015 4 November 2015 The 4th edition of the State of Europe’s Forests report has been coordinated and compiled by FOREST EUROPE’s Liaison Unit Madrid in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Forest Institute (EFI), the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the University of Hamburg (UHH). The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section played a valuable role in the collection, processing and reviewing of part of the information included in the report. [more]
Woodfuels handbook 4 November 2015 This handbook offers a collection of information on wood biomass for both producers and consumers and is adapted for the market needs and problems identifed in Southeast Europe. It was prepared by wood biomass expert, Dr. Nike Krajnc, as part of the FAO project “Support to Implementation of the Forest Policy and Strategy in Kosovo”, which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. [more]



National demand for sawnwood in Cameroon 14 February 2017 The economic and social importance of domestic wood consumption is now recognized in Central Africa, but it is largely fuelled by informal timber. No one has yet developed a global understanding of these sectors in order to develop the conditions for improving the legality of such trade and practices. The objective of this report is to review the different types of demand and supply of wood products on the Cameroonian domestic market (Yaoundé and Douala) in order to identify the possibilities of promoting consumption of sawnwood and furniture of legal origin, which would enhance the sustainable management of wood resources and sustainable economic growth in the long term. [more]
Unasylva 247/248: XIV World Forestry Congress 20 January 2017 Forests are essential to life on our planet, to mitigating and adapting to climate change, ensuring adequate supply of fresh water, enhancing biodiversity and providing sustainable incomes and livelihoods, including food security. But they face unprecedented and unrelenting pressures. This issue includes a broad selection of the best papers submitted to the XIV World Forestry Congress (Durban, September 2015), as well as an overview of the Congress’s ambitious agenda and outcomes. [more]
Traceability: a management tool for business and governments 24 November 2016 Traceability is defined as the ability to trace the history, application or location of an item or activity by means of recorded identifications. this involves two main aspects: on the one hand, identification of the product by marking; and, on the other, the recording of data regarding the product all the way along the production, processing and distribution chain. The present publication will present a sample of these initiatives in order to show the advantages of efficient traceability that takes account of the user’s aim and the environment in which the system will be operating. It is intended not only for the managers of large-scale enterprises, but also for the managers of community forests and for forest service officers with the task of developing a traceability system suited to their needs. [more]


Latin America and the Caribbean

17 February 2015 An overview of the actual and potential impacts of climate change on forests and forest dependent people in six Caribbean countries - Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. The paper also examines the major issues and developments related to climate change impacts and responses in the region as regards forests and highlights related opportunities for regional action to address gaps and needs. [more]
22 October 2009 Provides a synthesis of experience and achievements in the financing of forest management in 19 Latin American countries. [more]

Near East

Dryland Restoration Initiative Platform (DRIP) 16 October 2017 The Dryland Restoration Initiative Platform (DRIP) is an interactive web portal with an online tool to support practitioners, project managers, policy-makers and decision-makers in compiling and analysing data and capturing and sharing lessons learned from restoration initiatives, thus advancing the monitoring and assessment of these initiatives globally. DRIP was developed and tested with the active participation of dryland restoration experts and practitioners worldwide. [more]
Action Against Desertification - Monitoring and Evaluation 20 December 2016 Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) are essential to keep track of the progress made and to measure the bio‑physical and socio‑economic impact of the activities carried out under Action Against Desertification. M&E also helps Action Against Desertification deliver results by making sure that the objectives are clearly defined and achievable, that data collection is well planned and that data are used for decisionmaking and to continuously improve the programme. [more]
Action Against Desertification - Capacity Development 20 December 2016 Capacity development is at the heart of Action Against Desertification’s efforts to combat land degradation, desertification and drought. A capacity development strategy is in place to strengthen the capacities of individuals and organizations in sustainable land management and restoration, and to support the establishment of an enabling policy and legal environment at local, national, and regional level to increase the impact and ensure sustainability of activities carried out under Action Against Desertification. [more]


last updated:  Thursday, September 28, 2017