Press releases

21 March 2019 FAO marked the International Day of Forests today by announcing two new forestry education initiatives aimed at raising awareness among children and young people on the sustainable use and conservation of forests. [more]
15 March 2019 A six days national training workshop is being organized in Dehradun, Uttrakhand from 11-16 March 2019 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Forest Survey of India (FSI) for the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020). [more]
1 March 2019 The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, declared today by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity. [more]
1 March 2019 A well-targeted, efficiently-crafted, and locally-driven climate change adaptation and mitigation measures can improve social and economic conditions, and protect the livelihood of communities of the fragile ecosystems of the Sahel. [more]
28 February 2019 Highly-vulnerable communities in the Sahel has agroecology as a mechanism to stem the rise of hunger and malnutrition in a region buffeted by increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change. [more]
22 February 2019 In recent years, Armenia has gone through severe structural changes that have affected the forest sector. Forests, which were formerly under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, are now the responsibility of the Ministry of Nature Protection, together with areas dedicated to nature conservation. [more]
7 February 2019 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development have launched a Technical Cooperation Project that aims to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders on governance of land tenure in the country. [more]
4 February 2019 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The European Union (EU) congratulated the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) on its active engagement in various reforms and initiatives to improve forest governance and combat the illegal trade in timber. [more]
1 February 2019 Rural communities in Africa’s drylands can earn a decent income from forest products such as gum arabic or tree oils. According to a new report from Action Against Desertification, rural populations have the opportunity to increase their incomes while reversing land degradation through sufficient support and investment, and developing value chains. [more]
12 December 2018 Seeing both forests and trees is about to get easier, thanks to a new open-access tool developed by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with support from the Google Earth Engine Team and the US Government's SilvaCarbon Program - allowing anyone to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere. [more]
10 December 2018 Slow Food and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, hosted by FAO, have signed an agreement to improve the livelihoods of mountain people, with special focus on Cordillera's mountain community in the Philippines [more]
29 November 2018 National ownership and sustainability of forest monitoring depend on institutional capacities to meet the forest information needs of users. This requires continuous strengthening of human capacities in the technical fields of forest monitoring, programme management, administration and operation. In addition, forest monitoring is a complex multi and trans-disciplinary process in which numerous professionals from different academic backgrounds with different technical skills and experiences collaborate closely. [more]
28 November 2018 Forests and green spaces can help create more resilient and sustainable cities, and address the challenges of an increasing urban population, is the message FAO delivered today to participants of the first World Forum on Urban Forests. [more]
23 November 2018 Given the many threats to the Earth’s water supply, the role of forests has never been more important.The role of forest ecosystems in preserving water quality is largely underestimated. To ensure healthy water, strategies for optimizing purification, regulating surface flows and controlling erosion will increasingly need to be a part of forest management and planning. [more]
23 November 2018 On 21 November 2018, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched its new Partnership with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation (DNP) of the Royal Thai Government, on the forest and climate change program, widely known as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). [more]
19 November 2018 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Ghana’s Forestry Commission launched the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) phase II in Ghana to empower forest and farm producers for sustainable development, poverty reduction and climate change. [more]
30 October 2018 Soils play a key role in tree and forest resources management and mitigating climate change and now Bangladesh has its first facility for properly storing valuable soil samples collected systematically from around the country as part of the Bangladesh Forest Inventory. [more]
30 October 2018 Current statistics indicate that 77 percent of Zambia’s primary energy relies on traditional biomass, with only 4.4 percent of the rural population having access to electricity. This is compounded by the fact that 47.8 percent of the population in Zambia is undernourished and 60.5 percent lives below the national povertyline. [more]
30 October 2018 To reduce fire risk and stop enormous amount of carbon from being emitted from the soil into the atmosphere, Indonesia is rewetting over two million hectares of dried out peatlands, while scaling up information sharing on these the carbon-rich wetlands globally. [more]
6 July 2018 Time is running out for the world's forests, whose total area is shrinking by the day, warns a new FAO report urging governments to foster an all-inclusive approach to benefit both trees and those who rely on them. [more]

last updated:  Friday, March 1, 2019