The Intersecretariat Working Group on Forest Sector Statistics (IWG) concluded its 28th meeting at the ITTO Headquarters in Yokohama. The IWG brings together representatives of ITTO, the FAO Forestry Department, the UN-ECE Forestry and Timber Section and Eurostat, with over 20 years of collaboration on collecting, analyzing and disseminating forest products statistics.
In 2014, data on over 50 forest products were jointly collected and shared. These data are presented for all countries and territories in the world and can be accessed through websites of the partner organizations. Three workshops were also jointly held to improve the capacity of 33 countries to provide statistics for policy-makers and analysts. These took place in Ankara, Kunming and Johannesburg.
The call for abstracts for the XIV World Forestry Congress has been extended and you now have until 6 February 2015 to submit your ideas for papers, posters and videos. The XIV World Forestry Congress will take place 7-11 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa and will be a key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, to share their expertise and experience, and to project a new vision for the future of forests and forestry. [more]
The European Union today handed over motor vehicles and equipment worth USD 600,000 to the Government of Zimbabwe to support four ongoing EU funded projects coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and jointly implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe and their partners. The forestry project, Forest Forces, is implemented in four provinces and seeks to improve food security and income of vulnerable rural communities through participatory and sustainable forest management, value addition to forest products, and diversification of livelihood strategies [more]