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Desertification

Putting local people at the heart of global land restoration Moctar Sacande, International Project Coordinator, Action Against Desertification, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, describes the key to the project’s success and the scale of its work in restoring degraded lands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. [more]
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

Importance of forestry for family farmers in Viet Nam On the occasion of the launch of the UN Decade of Family Farming, Vu Le Y Voan, former Vice Director of the International Cooperation Department, Viet Nam National Farmers Union, describes the importance of forestry for family farmers in the country. [more]
FAO Forestry, the Forest and Farm Facility and the UN Decade of Family Farming The United Nations (UN) Decade of Family Farming (2019–2028) is of key importance to FAO and the Forest and Farm Facility. As Jeffrey Campbell, FFF Manager explains, the Decade also presents FO and FFF with major opportunities to highlight the role of smallholder producers and the support provided to help them transform productive landscapes and natural resource systems. [more]
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. [more]
Encouraging children to become forest friends 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. [more]
Mission of the International Poplar Commission 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. [more]
The Sustainable Wildlife Management programme - innovative, collaborative and scalable? 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. [more]
Forest and farm producer organizations in Nepal improving food security and livelihoods 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. [more]
Better market information can help smallholder forest and farm producers scale up their work 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. [more]
Mario Arvelo guides us through the policy convergence process on Sustainable Forestry for FSN 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”. [more]
Forest and farm producers’ comparative advantages in fighting hunger, poverty, climate change 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. [more]
Ecoagriculture within the landscape approach: forestry, agriculture and food security 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. [more]
Eva Muller FAO Forestry Director FAO Forestry Director, Eva Muller, talks about why forests are important to food security. [more]
Community-based forestry discussed at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 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. [more]
Interview with Foday Bojang (FAO Ghana) at the Agroecology Symposium Foday Bojang from FAO Ghana describes the experience of the Great Green Wall for the Sahel and Sahara Initiative. [more]
Ousseynou Ndoye: Importance of forests to food security and nutrition Ousseynou Ndoye heads up a programme on forests and food security at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Cameroon. [more]
Lee Ellenburg on Collect Earth, a vital resource 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. [more]
Climate resilient landscapes and improved livelihoods. Forest and Farm Facility Phase II. An estimated 1.5 billion forest and farm producers make up 90 percent of the world’s farmers. These producers supply approximately 80 percent of food supplies in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, managing 500 million family farms and approximately 30 percent of forest lands in the global south. [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

Research and Development, Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Dr Sarah Carter from the University of Wageningen explains how the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) works to close the knowledge and technology gap between countries in the age of satellites. [more]
Innovative monitoring tools for effective ecosystem restoration Julian Fox comments on a recently published article in Science magazine highlighting how Open Foris was used by ETH Zurich and FAO to identify almost 1 billion ha for potential forest restoration worldwide. [more]
The challenges and opportunities of global forest and landscape restoration What the world can learn from mountains The challenges and opportunities of global forest and landscape restoration, and the role of the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism [more]
African countries work to create incentives to reduce illegal logging with domestic market demands Public procurement policies which preference legally harvested and produced timber products have tremendous potential to create incentives throughout the supply chain and help foster a sustainable domestic market. A spotlight on mountains: Mapping the vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity [more]
Forest and land-use data for effective policy-making in Zambia Mindenda Pande, Principal Forestry Officer, Forestry Department, Republic of Zambia, describes progress on REDD+ and FAO-supported activities. Forestry is a priority development sector in Zambia and as a UN-REDD partner it is scaling up REDD+ efforts to protect its forests, enhance forest-dependent communities’ livelihoods and to contribute to climate change action. [more]
Achievements of the International Poplar Commission 2000-2012 The IPC is a multilateral technical cooperation body for forestry, with 38 member countries. Successes include contributions to the “Great Green Wall” (Three-North Shelterbelt Program) in China, and successful collaborations in India and Kenya. [more]
FAO integrates NASA technology in measuring, monitoring and reporting on forests David Saah, Professor and Director of the Geospatial Analysis Lab at the University of San Francisco, explains how FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) programme is working in partnership with NASA to integrate its technology into Global Remote Sensing Survey as FAO fulfils its mandate to measure, monitor and report on forests worldwide. [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]

last updated:  Monday, July 15, 2019