FAO's Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition welcome contributions to a new online discussion on the role of social protection in promoting and protecting the livelihoods of forest-dependent people. The Forum's contributions, experiences and views shared will be part of an event and report to be presented at the World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, in September 2015.
Forests have a significant role in soil and water protection. They protect soil from degradation and erosion; and enhance water purity by acting as a filter. Reliable data on the soil and water protective function of forests will help forest managers in preparing management plans and to strengthen disaster resilience and water security. FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 has published a field guide for the rapid assessment of forest protective functions for soil and water . The guide presents a reliable, cost-effective and easy-to-apply method for collecting data to promote forest management for the protection of soil and water. In addition, a working paper “Testing field methods for assessing the forest protective function for soil and water” was released, describing the study methodology, field tests and data analysis completed in forest sites in Mexico, Nepal and Viet Nam. The publications have been produced with financial support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. [more]
Rome, 10.00 (GMT+2): Biomass could account for two-thirds of the targeted European Union renewable energy production in 2020. Improved logistics to harvest, store and transport biomass will help create a market for biomass feedstocks such as forestry residues, agricultural wood prunings, and energy crops. Key findings from three European Union-supported research projects will present practical solutions for rural communities for the production of bioenergy and biomaterials. Join the conference online today from 10.00 (GMT +2). [more]