The FAO Forestry Department has launched a virtual forum consultation to encourage input from external peer contributors to improve the first draft of the Voluntary Guidelines Section III . The guidelines will present a set of good practice principles supported by a set of decision-making tools for the planning and implementation of a multipurpose, scientifically sound National Forest Monitoring Systems. The virtual forum will be a consultative peer-review process prior to the guideline’s finalization and will be online from the 1 – 21 October 2015. The finalized guidelines will be released for the consideration of COFO at its 23rd Session in July 2016. This open forum invites respondents to provide relevant case studies on country experiences, including any instances of “good practices to be shared” and “errors to be avoided.” Comments and input are welcome on all chapters of Section III as well.
To read more about the virtual forum happening now, view the discussion on the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition website.
In celebration of the forthcoming European Forest Week from 2-6 November, FAO is holding a photo contest to raise awareness about the value of forests. The Week will be held in conjunction with Silva2015, the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry; and the FAO European Forestry Commission. Hosted by the Government of Switzerland in the alpine village of Engelberg, the Week will focus on the many values of forests - providing energy, building materials, employment, food, watershed management, tourism, their contribution to combating climate change and many more. The prize is a trip to join us at the European Forest Week (travel and accommodation) in Engelberg, 2-6 November 2015. Deadline 14 October. [more]
The largest gathering on forests this decade set out its vision of how forests and forestry should look in 2050, adopting the Durban Declaration after a week of debate. The vision calls for the forests of the future to be “fundamental” for food security and improved livelihoods. [more]