Sustainable forest management publications

Agroforestry and tenure 20 May 2019 This paper has been produced as a follow-up to the FAO guidelines "Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda - a guide for decision makers". The purpose of this document is to provide a review of the main tenure-related challenges that can affect agroforestry adoption to inform policies and project implementation. [more]
Making forest concessions in the tropics work to achieve the 2030 Agenda: Voluntary Guidelines 21 June 2018 The decision to develop a set of voluntary guidelines for forest concessions in the tropics, in the context of the 2030 Agenda, stems from the need to advance the implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM). In tropical countries, where deforestation rates are decreasing but remain alarming, and public production forests represent a large share of total production forests, the impact of forest concessions as a policy instrument can be significant. [more]
Managing forests in displacement settings 20 June 2018 This document aims to contribute on a sustainable forest management in displacement settings for building resilience and laying the basis for long-term solutions. In particular, well-planned forestry interventions can ensure a sustainable supply of woodfuel, timber and non-wood forest products for those communities, thereby helping ensure their well-being. [more]
Rethinking Forest Concessions 10 May 2018 This report forms part of a review aimed at providing advice on improving forest concession systems in tropical forests. he review was carried out by FAO in cooperation with the International Tropical Timber Organization, the Brazilian Forest Service, the Center for International Forestry Research and Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement. [more]
Managing heat in agricultural work 7 May 2018 This report reviews the implications of heat stress in working environments in agriculture (with a focus on farming and forestry), how it affects the human body, the risks it poses to human health, how it is measured, how it affects labour productivity, and how it can be managed. Heat stress has a negative effect on worker performance, and exposure to severe heat stress can be fatal; nevertheless, it can be greatly reduced with proper work organization and education. [more]
Traceability: a management tool for business and governments 7 May 2018 This publication outlines the vital factors to be taken into account when designing a traceability system and illustrates the added benefits to governments, the private sector and community forests through five case studies from African countries. [more]
Ghana: Championing rights and fair compensation for forest communities 7 May 2018 Ghana’s work to promote the legal timber trade, in partnership with the European Union (EU), strongly emphasizes involving local communities who live in or near forests. Yet many farmers and communities don’t understand their rights, which means that illegal activity by loggers has gone unchecked in Ghana’s off-reserve forests. [more]
Forest and Farm Facility: Initiative for climate-resilient landscapes and improved livelihoods 2018 - 2022 5 May 2018 Since 2013, the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) has been empowering forest and farm producers and their organizations, the “missing links” that are needed to put the SDGs and NDCs into practice. Evidence from the last four years and strong demand for FFF support from FFPOs and governments in more than 50 countries worldwide has shaped our proposed Phase II. [more]
Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring 4 May 2018 FAO carries out this mandate and seeks to assist countries and the world community by providing relevant, timely, realistic, reliable and useful information for application in reviewing policies, promoting multilateral cooperation and taking appropriate investment actions for the sustainable management of forest resources; and to support international cooperation in harmonizing and sharing multi-country forest resource information in common formats. In this context, the need for voluntary guidelines on forest monitoring has emerged. [more]
Cost-benefit analysis of forestry interventions for supplying woodfuel in a refugee situation in the United Republic of Tanzania 3 May 2018 This report presents a cost–benefit analysis of three forestry interventions aimed at producing a sustainable supply of woodfuel and reducing land degradation and deforestation in the vicinity of three refugee camps (Mtendeli, Nduta and Nyarugusu) in the Kigoma region, United Republic of Tanzania. The proposed forestry interventions are: forest rehabilitation; wood-energy plantations; and agroforestry. [more]
Using Prosopis as an energy source for refugees and host communities in Djibouti, and controlling its rapid spread 2 May 2018 FAO, in collaboration with Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water, Fishery, Livestock and Marine Resources and Ministry of Housing, Urban Planning and Environment, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, conducted the study presented in this report to assess the use of Prosopis woody biomass as a source of energy and options for increasing the efficiency of woodfuel supply chains. [more]
Accident reporting and analysis in forestry 1 May 2018 This report discusses forestry accidents and illnesses, makes international comparisons, examines the use of accident reporting forms, and provides sample forms. It presents examples of successful safety and health improvements arising from accident reporting and analysis and discusses various legal and regulatory approaches for improving worker safety and health. [more]
State of the forest sector in Central African Republic 30 April 2018 The Central African Republic (CAR) has a total land area of 623,000 km2 of which close to 23 million hectares, i.e. 37%, is composed of forested lands. In the southwestern part of the country all forest operations are industrial. In 2012, the Central African Republic concluded a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union (EU) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in timber and derived products exported to the EU. [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. [more]
Greening Zambia's charcoal business for improved livelihoods and forest management through strong producer groups 16 October 2017 Finding ways to effectively monitor, manage and support sustainable productionand trade in wood fuel, especially charcoal, is critical for countries across muchof Africa today. In Zambia, the government, with the support of the Forest andFarm Facility (FFF), is exploring ways to help recognize and organize the actorsin charcoal value chains, contributing to more sustainable management andimproved capture of value by producers, traders and by the government. [more]
Living in and from the forests of Central Africa 16 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 inand 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]
Social protection for forest-dependent communities 16 October 2017 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicatethe commitment of the international community toend poverty and hunger by 2030 while alleviatingthe consequences of ecological degradation andclimate change. [more]
Incentivizing sustainable wood energy in sub-Saharan Africa: a way forward for policy-makers 16 October 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will continue to rely predominantly on woodfuel for energy for the foreseeable future. Governments in the region have tried a range of policies and regulations to avoid the negative impacts of woodfuel sourcing and to accentuate the benefits, from which many lessons can be learned. [more]
2015 Global Forest Products Facts and Figures 16 October 2017 This note presents highlights and recent trends in data for each of the main product groups, as well as a short summary of recent changes or improvements in statistics. [more]
Forests and trees supporting rural livelihoods: case studies from Myanmar and Viet Nam 16 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. Accordingly, the results of the survey suggest that, in Myanmar, more than half of the peoples’ income originates from agriculture, whereas forestry supplies only 8% of the total family income. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018