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.    

 Publications by theme  

From the regions

Asia and the Pacific

Forests and trees supporting rural livelihoods: case studies from Myanmar and Viet Nam 17 October 2017 In Myanmar and Vietnam the political framework is conducive to support the allocation of forests to farm communities and private households, to facilitate community and farm forestry and to support the establishment of community forestry user groups and enterprises. The main crops planted in both countries are rice and maize. In Myanmar most crops are used for subsistence purposes, in particular in Chin State. In Vietnam about two thirds of the planted crops are sold in the market. In the provinces included in the survey the agricultural area available for each person in Myanmar was found to be four times larger than in Vietnam, while the forest area per person was four times smaller. [more]
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]


Europe and Central Asia

Main French Facility for Global Environment project publications 17 October 2017 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. This is a bibliography of the main French Facility for Global Environment project publications. [more]
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]



Benin: government agency blazes a trail for traceability 17 October 2017 Tracing wood back to the forest it came from is essential to eliminating illegal logging. The National Timber Office of Benin (ONAB), with assistance from the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme, established an innovative traceability system for its teak plantations that helps prevent illegal logging, transport or sale of state timber. ONATRACK uses smartphones to send real-time information from the forest to the office, and uses barcodes to track the timber. This is a first step to demonstrating that timber is produced legally, and will eventually increase market access for the small and medium enterprises that process and export state timber. The system is so successful it is now used in all state plantations in Benin, positioning the country as a traceability leader in West Africa. [more]
Greening Zambia's charcoal business for improved livelihoods and forest management through strong producer groups 17 October 2017 Finding ways to effectively monitor, manage and support sustainable production and trade in wood fuel, especially charcoal, is critical for countries across much of Africa today. In Zambia, the government, with the support of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), is exploring ways to help recognize and organize the actors in charcoal value chains, contributing to more sustainable management and improved capture of value by producers, traders and by the government. [more]
Living in and from the forests of central Africa 17 October 2017 Since time immemorial, non-wood forest products (NWFPs), particularly wild forest foods, have played an important role in the diets and health of people living in and outside forests, in both rural and urban areas. Some of these products, such as wild game, fruit, seeds, roots, nuts and fungi, are still used as a source of food, contributing to both food and nutritional security, while others are used for building materials or medicines, or support ancient customs and traditions. [more]


Latin America and the Caribbean

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Near East

#image($pageItem, $entry) 22 November 2017 Drylands cover about 41 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are characterized by a scarcity of water (Box 1 contains a full definition). About 90 percent of the estimated 2 billion people living in drylands are in developing countries (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005). The majority of these people depend on forests and other wooded lands, grasslands and trees on farms to meet basic needs for food, medicines, shelter, cooking, heating, wood, and fodder for livestock, and for income. [more]
Global guidelines for the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes in drylands 21 November 2017 Drylands cover nearly half of the earth’s land surface and are home to one-third of the global population. They face extraordinary challenges, including those posed by desertification, biodiversity loss, poverty, food insecurity and climate change. It is clear that serious efforts are needed to arrest dryland degradation and restore degraded lands, and the simple but urgent aim of these guidelines is to support such efforts. [more]
A Great Green Wall of Resilience 20 November 2017 A Great Green Wall of Resilience

The Great Green Wall for the Saharaand the Sahel Initiative is Africa’s flagship initiative tobuild prosperity and resilience in over 20 countriesaround the Sahara. It was built to combat theeffects of climate change and desertification andaddress food insecurity and poverty. Endorsed bythe African Union in 2007 as a game-changer inAfrica’s drylands, the initiative aims to transformthe lives of millions of people by creating a greatmosaic of green and productive landscapes acrossNorth Africa, Sahel and the Horn.



last updated:  Thursday, May 10, 2018