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

Land Cover Atlas of Pakistan: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas 3 May 2016 This Land Cover Atlas of Pakistan: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province & Federally Administered Tribal Areas provides a comprehensive description of the biotic and abiotic resources of the province and includes numerous categories of cultivated land; natural vegetation and non-vegetated areas including bare and rocky areas, and areas of human settlement. The LCCS approach also captures the physiographic characteristics of the region. The atlas is illustrated at a district and agency level, providing land cover information in aggregated and cartographic form as well as tabular statistics per class per district and agency for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). [more]
Integrated policy for forests, food security and sustainable livelihoods: lessons from the Republic of Korea 2 March 2016 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]
Regenerating forests and livelihoods in Nepal - a new lease on life 29 February 2016 Nature & Faune Vol 30 Issue 1 2016 This book seeks to capture the leasehold forestry experience, with a special focus on the Leasehold Forestry and Livestock Programme, which has been a critical part of the leasehold forestry experience in Nepal. It will describe the origins and evolution of the various leasehold forestry programmes and projects that have been launched in the country, as well as their objectives, components and activities, and concrete outcomes and impacts. However, it will also emphasize the story behind the numbers and the individual lives that were impacted by the initiatives. Testimonies are a strong element of the book, as they reveal the on-the-ground results of the leasehold forestry experience: What was successful and why? Why did some things work well and others not? Testimonies come from programme, project and government staff and, most importantly, the farmers themselves. [more]


Europe and Central Asia

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]
16 April 2015 The publication provides a regional overview plus country reports for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The country reports were prepared with the help of national forestry agencies, academic institutions and research centres. Each country report examines the current state of forest genetic resources, and information about ecosystems, the national forestry sector, and indigenous and protected species of the country. The publication identifies priorities and steps to be taken for more sustainable use and management of forest genetic resources in Central Asia. [more]



Nature & Faune Vol 30 Issue 1 2016 10 February 2016 This edition of Nature & Faune is a special issue to mark the International Year of Soils. The journal features short articles that address the central theme: "Sustainable soil management: an indispensable need for environmentally-sound food security in Africa". [more]
10 February 2016 This edition of Nature & Faune journal is a special issue to mark the International Year of Soils. The journal features short articles that address the central theme: "Sustainable soil management: an indispensable need for environmentally sound food security in Africa". [more]
Southern Africa's forests and people: Investing in a sustainable future 29 August 2015 On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, this publication from the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa supports countries in the region to present the best practices, challenges and opportunities in the forestry sector of Southern Africa. [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

Drylands Monitoring Week 2015 6 May 2016 This flyer offers an overview on the main outcomes of the five-days workshop "Drylands Monitoring Week 2015": a roadmap for collaborative action in the drylands, and the “Rome Promise”. [more]
Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative 10 February 2014 The African Wall: An African partnership to tackle desertification and land degradation [more]
5 December 2013 Forests and Climate Change Working Paper - 09 [more]


last updated:  Saturday, February 27, 2016