Improved Information to promote Forest Management for Protection of Soil and Water

Many forests and woodlands protect soil and water resources. Yet, some do not, which can mean that they are at greater risk of degradation over time. With the support and cooperation of the Japan Forestry Agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations launched the project “Improved Information to promote Forest Management for Protection of Soil and Water”.This project aims to develop a set of methods for assessing the state of forests having soil and water conservation and /or sediment disaster mitigation functions. Employing data collected through FRA 2010 and 2015 and field trials, this Trust Fund Project will test methodologies intended to improve global forest information on forest soil and water protection in preparation for future forest resource assessments. Field studies will be conducted in selected forests in developing countries. Experience will be analysed to define practices that can be implemented at country level and will also be used to help build capacities of national personnel to conduct these assessments and utilize the results. FAO will integrate the study findings into publications, capacity building and dissemination activities.  


Project Code - GCP /INT/158/JPN
Project Period: Sept. 2013 – Sept. 2016
Resource Partner: Japan Forestry Agency
Implementing Partners:

  • MEXICO, Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR)
  • VIETNAM, Forest Protection Department (FPD), Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST)
  • NEPAL, Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (DSCWM) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Nepal

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Technical Workshop for Workplan Development - Rome, 21-23 January 2014 
last updated:  Friday, March 21, 2014