Interviews

Cities

#image($pageItem, $entry) 11 April 2018 Stefano Boeri, architect, urban planner and designer of the “Vertical Forest” in Milan, Italy, explains the integration of new vertical urban forestry practices with more conventional horizontal approaches in a global effort to make cities greener and healthier places to live. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) 10 April 2018 Rachel Stancliffe of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Oxford, UK, talks about an innovative programme associated with the British national health service, using the natural environment for health benefits. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) 9 April 2018 In this Tree Talk, Fabio Salbitano, Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology, Applied Silviculture, Forest and Landscape Restoration and Urban Forestry at the University of Florence explains that urban forests and green spaces can make important contributions towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) 4 April 2018 Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia, USA, explains the value of engaging the community in decisions related to the design and maintenance of public spaces, as the Government of the City continues to pursue its plan to green the city. [#print("more")]

Desertification

Markus Repnik on the need for landscape and forest restoration Markus Repnik, Managing Director of the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, talks about why forest and landscape restoration should be an international priority. [more]
Near East and North African countries can gain significantly from expanding their forest cover. Mr. Chadi Mohanna, Director of Rural Development and Natural Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon, explains that Near East and North African countries are severely affected by desertification and climate change. [more]
Nora Berrahmouni on the FAO Forestry Department’s efforts to stop desertification Nora Berrahmouni, Forestry Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), outlines the ways the Forestry Department is combating desertification. [more]
Achievements of the International Poplar Commission 2000-2012 This interview with Stefano Bisoffi, the former Chairperson of the International Poplar Commission (IPC), captures his experience of the IPC’s main achievements between the years 2000 and 2012. [more]

 

 

Food Security

New initiative to scale up forest education worldwide Failing to make bigger investments in forest education will have economic, social and environmental consequences, particularly with regard to nature and trees, advises Matthias Schwoerer, Head of Division, European and International Forest Policy, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Christoph Rullmann, Federal Managing Director, Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald, Bonn, Germany, discusses why in today’s world it is important to reconnect children with nature and to raise their awareness about the roles and benefits of forests and trees, by encouraging them to become forest friends. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Martin Weih, Chairperson of the International Popular Commission (IPC), explains the IPC’s mission to improve rural incomes and to improve the sustainable use and production of forest products and other ecosystem services. The IPC is a body for multilateral cooperation on forestry, with 38 member countries. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) John Emmanuel Fa, Senior Associate at CIFOR, briefly describes the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme and explains why it is such an innovative, collaborative and scalable initiative. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Bharati Pathak, General Secretary, Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal, explains that forest and farm producer organizations (FFPOs), with the support of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), are helping to reduce hunger and poverty at the local level. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager IKEA, explains that better market information, including details about buyers’ interests and requests, can help smallholder forest and farm producers, including indigenous groups, to better meet market demands while scaling up their work. Improvements to land-use regulations concerning forests as well as tenure rights are also important in supporting smallholders. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Ambassador Mario Arvelo Caamaño, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the UN Rome-based Agencies, and Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) guides us through the policy convergence process and the outcomes of CFS44 on “Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition”. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Charles Nyanjul describes the comparative advantages of forest and farm producer organizations that make them so well placed to fight hunger, poverty and climate change. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Luc Gnacadja, former Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, explains the benefits of ecoagriculture, an ecosystem-friendly form of agriculture that delivers agricultural outputs while conserving biodiversity. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) FAO Forestry Director, Eva Muller, talks about why forests are important to food security. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Upon the opening of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week, Dominique Reed, FAO Team Leader of Social Forestry, talks about the potential of community-based forestry and its ability to address climate change. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Foday Bojang from FAO Ghana describes the experience of the Great Green Wall for the Sahel and Sahara Initiative. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Ousseynou Ndoye heads up a programme on forests and food security at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Cameroon. [#print("more")]
#image($pageItem, $entry) Lee Ellenburg, Food Security and Agriculture Thematic Lead with SERVIR NASA, explains what his organization is doing to promote food security and how Collect Earth could enhance their work. [#print("more")]

 

 

Mountains

Why is the Mountain Partnership important? The Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around the world. Thomas Hofer, the Coordinator of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, explains why the Mountain Partnership – the only global alliance specifically dedicated to mountain regions – is important. [more]
2030 Agenda on Mountains: Framework for Action Davide Bradanini, Alternate Permanent Representative of Italy to FAO, explains why the Framework for Action on implementing the 2030 Agenda for mountains is relevant and what Italy will do to support it. [more]
The role of mountains for the planet His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang was appointed a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador in May 2015. In this interview, he explains the role of mountains for the planet and what a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador can do to increase the visibility of the importance of mountains for sustainable development. [more]
Supporting sustainable mountain development in the context of the 2030 Agenda Why do mountains matter? Dominique Kohli, the Assistant Director-General of the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, answers this question and tells us how the Mountain Partnership can support sustainable mountain development in the context of the 2030 Agenda. [more]
What is a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador? Arjun Gupta, a philanthropist and the founder of Telesoft Partners, was appointed a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador in December 2017. In this interview, he tells us what a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador is and how the private sector can support and promote sustainable mountain development. [more]
What the world can learn from mountains Jake Norton, a climber, photographer, filmmaker, philanthropist and inspirational speaker, was appointed a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador in December 2014. In this interview, he tells us what everyone can learn from mountains and how Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassadors can help mountain communities. [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]
Mountain Vulnerability Report 329 million of mountain people are potentially food insecure and vulnerable, their number has risen by 30 percent since 2000. Thomas Hofer talks about alarming new data released for International Mountain Day by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Mountain Partnership. [more]
Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs talks about the vital goods and services that mountains provide to communities and the role of partnerships in promoting sustainable mountain development. [more]

 

 

Sustainable Forest Management

The challenges and opportunities of global forest and landscape restoration The challenges and opportunities of global forest and landscape restoration, and the role of the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism [more]
Canada is a leader in sustainable forest management through innovative programmes Mary Beth MacNeil, Assistant Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada for the Canadian Forest Service, explains that Canada leads the world in the sustainable management of forests. [more]
Progress by Papua New Guinea leads to first forest reference level report for UNFCCC Gewa Gamoga, REDD and Climate Change Officer, PNG Forest Authority, Papua New Guinea, explains how work on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in his country included capacity building at the local level in the use of satellite land monitoring systems to collect data on deforestation, followed by the development of Papua New Guinea’s first National Forest Inventory. [more]
COFO 24 successful in clarifying relationships between forests and the Sustainable Development Goals Peter Csoka, Secretary of the Committee on Forestry (COFO), explains that the 24th session of COFO, which was held 16-20 July 2018, was quite successful in meeting its intention to clarify the relationship between forests, forestry and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [more]
FAO’s comparative advantages in global action on forest and landscape restoration Charles Barber of the World Resources Institute describes some of FAO’s comparative advantages that position it as a key player in a crowded landscape of global action on forest and landscape restoration. [more]
Silva Mediterranea’s key role in Mediterranean forestry José Manuel Jaquotot, Chairperson of Silva Mediterranea, explains why the Committee is such an important, collaborative FAO body for the countries of the Mediterranean region, addressing major forestry-related problems common to SM member countries. [more]
Forest education is key to raising awareness of the multi-functionality of forests Thomas Haußmann, Senior Forestry Officer, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany explains that education is key to raising awareness of the multi-functionality of forests and their sustainable development, with very young children and also at the university level. [more]
Inspiring youngsters to connect with forests: a successful project in the Philippines Janet Martires talks passionately about Kids-to-Forest, an inspiring education project that began in the Philippines in 2011 as part of the celebration of the International Year of Forests. [more]
Professional standards for arborists are important Pedro Mendes Castro, President-elect, International Society of Arboriculture, explains why it is so important to have standards for arborists. Produced spontaneously by professional industry groups, the standards comprise a guide on how to work with trees, allowing professional arborists to work in a safe manner and ensuring the health, life and sustainability of trees. [more]
New paper helps countries design forest monitoring systems for REDD+: A Tree Talk by Julian Fox In this Tree Talk, Julian Fox, a Forestry Officer with FAO’s Forestry Department, describes a new FAO Forestry working paper aimed at helping countries strengthen their forest monitoring systems. [more]
Thais Linhares Juvenal, FAO, discusses sustainable wood Thais Linhares Juvenal, Senior Forestry Officer at FAO, discusses the role sustainable wood can play in meeting the SDGs with environmental journalist James Astill. [more]
Halting deforestation: Concrete measures in the Paris Agreement Christiana Figueres, Convener of Mission 2020 and former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, explains how deforestation affects climate change and how concrete measures in the Paris Agreement can help halt deforestation. [more]
Halting deforestation in the UN Strategic Plan on Forests H.E. Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Chair of the 13th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), explains the contribution of the international conference organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests to the achievement of the UN Global Goals through the UN Strategic Plan on Forests. [more]
Integration between agriculture and forestry sectors can halt deforestation Tony Simons, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, explains the need to better integrate the agriculture and forestry sectors to reduce deforestation. [more]
Interview with Suzana Kahn-Ribeiro, Brazilian Panel on Climate Change Suzana Kahn-Ribeiro, President of the Scientific Committee of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (BPCC) and member of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), explains why wood plays a vital part in sustainable development. [more]
Putting people at the centre of Liberia’s REDD+ Strategy Saah David, National REDD+ Project Coordinator, Forestry Development Authority of Liberia, talks about how Liberia’s REDD+ Strategy puts people at the centre of its activities and how REDD+ can trigger a transformational change in the land use sector of the country. [more]
Reducing deforestation while promoting social and economic development H.E. Lamin B. Dibba, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources of the Gambia, explains how to reduce deforestation while maintaining a balance between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of progress and growth, especially in developing countries. [more]
Small-scale forest and farm producers: a strong ally to halt deforestation Vu Le Y Voan, Vice Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Viet Nam National Farmers Union (VNFU), explains how small-scale forest and farm producers can contribute to halting deforestation and to maintaining a healthy and productive ecosystem beneficial to their local communities and to the environment. [more]
Youth uniting sectors to halt deforestation Salina Abraham, President of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) and Youth Coordinator of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), explains how youth are integral to shaping the future of the world’s forests and how they can contribute to initiatives which aim to halt deforestation and to protect forest ecosystems. [more]
Timber legality important to sustainable wood management: Chris Beeko, Ghana Forestry Commission Chris Beeko, Director of the Timber Validation Department of the Ghana Forestry Commission, says that systems of timber legality are important to sound forest management which ensures sustainable wood production. [more]

last updated:  Friday, May 24, 2019