On 19 July in New York, the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals adopted the “Introduction to the Proposal of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals”, containing 17 proposed goals that will help shape sustainable development beyond 2015. The process will now move to its next stage with the consideration of the proposal document at a high-level stocktaking event in September 2014.
FAO and UNFF actively partnered with member countries and other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests to ensure that the roles of forests and mountains are adequately represented in the final SDG text. The result is a major achievement to increase the visibility of forests and to gain greater recognition of their contribution to sustainable development. Read the proposal outcome document, including the 17 goals and specifically SDG 15, where forests and mountains are included, and SDG 6, with its reference to forests and water.
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the most recent issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. [more]
Mediterranean forests are interwoven with the lives of the people of the region. They provide wood, cork and other products and services, and are a source of income for many. Yet they are under increasing pressure from both changes in human activities and climate-related stresses such as temperature increases, reduced rainfall and prolonged periods of drought. The positive message is that there is a strong technical basis and political will across the Mediterranean to tackle these issues collaboratively. [more]