Restoring forest ecosystems is recognized as a key strategy for tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and desertification, and can also yield products and services that support local people’s livelihoods. The value of using native tree species in restoration is receiving growing recognition, however this requires more than just planting the right species. The genetic composition of reproductive material significantly affects the success of restoration both in the short and the long term. Highlighting the key role of native tree species across a diversity of ecosystems and areas from around the world, this publication provides guidance to policymakers and practitioners. The study was coordinated by Bioversity International as input to FAO’s first report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources.
Indigenous peoples, local communities and private smallholders own or manage a growing proportion of the world's forests and can play a significant role in tackling deforestation and reducing poverty - especially if they band together in producer organizations, say two new publications released today by FAO and a group of its partners. [more]
Forests and family farms are part of an integrated productive system for indigenous peoples, local forest communities, and smallholders living in forested landscapes. Together forests and family farms deliver ecosystem services and benefits for livelihoods and well-being. This infographic developed by the Forest and Farm Facility at the occasion of COFO and the International Year of family Farming illustrates the relationship between forests and family farms and highlights the advantages of forest and farm producer getting organized in order to improve the access to market and the income, to amplify their voice in decision making, and to ensure tenure rights, and human well-being. [more]