David Nabarro, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition
Forests are an integral part of our lives; our survival depends on them. But for many years they have been taken for granted while in fact they have been lost and degraded. As Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Food Security and Nutrition, it is immensely satisfying to see forests accorded their rightful place at the first major conference on forests for food security and nutrition.
Forest communities know intimately the value of forests and trees as sources of food, medicine, fuel and timber, as reservoirs of biodiversity, and as producers of essential ecosystem services. This value is perhaps less well understood by other people, but this must change if sustainable development is to be achieved. The challenge is to gain universal recognition for the crucial role of forests, and to transform such recognition into political accountability and concrete action.
International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition
The International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, held at FAO headquarters last month, concluded that “the role of forests and trees outside forests in the fight against hunger demands much greater attention and should be integrated with strategies for food security and nutrition”.
Summary of the Conference: Forests and trees outside forests are essential for global food security and nutrition - key messages and recommendations
Nurture forests for the future – in pictures
© Lani Holmberg A photo contest to create global awareness of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and its links with food security produced 1 200 photos depicting agricultural, livelihood and land management practices and techniques in 80 countries. Australian Lani Holmberg won with her “Papaya trees and poverty-fighting in Kenya”. Read more
Innovative thinking on insects to help feed the world
Two young FAO staff members were commended recently for their proposal to use urban food waste to raise insects, which could then be processed into feed for poultry and aquaculture and transformed into fertilizer and biogas. Afton Halloran and Camelia Bucatariu were among winning entrants in a competition run by FAO and others to encourage young professionals to think innovatively about feeding the world. Read more | See also interview with Afton Halloran
Better coordination needed in timber trade
Better coordination among nations in tackling illegal logging and applying anti-illegal timber legislation is needed to ensure a move to responsible trade in timber products, according to participants at the first-ever Global Timber Forum, which was co-organized by FAO, the Forest Trust/Timber Trade Action Plan and the European Timber Trade Federation and held at FAO headquarters last month. Read more
Saving the future, drop by drop
High-level officials and dignitaries met in Milan, Italy, for the launch of the Expo Milano 2015 Water Strategy, an initiative of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and Expo 2015. Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Commissioner-General for UN participation in Expo 2015, described FAO’s vision for meeting future global food and water challenges. Watch the video of the launch (FAO statement from 1hr.10)
United Nations news: further UN recognition of illicit trafficking in wild fauna and flora as a serious crime
A draft resolution (IV) encouraging UN members to make illicit trafficking in wild fauna and flora a serious crime when organized criminal groups are involved has been endorsed by the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and referred to the UN Economic and Social Council for adoption. The draft also requests support for implementing the Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit.
Latin America progresses in national forest monitoring for REDD+
Credit: Francisco Ortiz, UN-REDD, EcuadorIncreased knowledge on forest monitoring and UNFCCC requirements for REDD+ was a key outcome of the 1st Regional Workshop on National Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+ in Latin America, held in Ecuador in April with 11 participating countries. The event covered satellite monitoring, forest inventories and forest management indicators, and will guide FAO and UN-REDD activities in the region. Read more
Upcoming meetings and events
New publications and videos
Articles co-authored by FAO Forestry staff published in specialist journals
Publications issued under pilot project ‘Moving forward in the implementation of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on all types of forests located in Liberia, Nicaragua, and Philippine Islands: a contribution to reducing forest deforestation and degradation - Forest Instrument Liberia’
National Forest Programme Facility
Unasylva: a stroll down memory lane
In this series, we feature extracts from early editions of Unasylva, FAO Forestry’s international journal of forestry and forest industries. The following text was written by N.E. Dodd, FAO Director-General, in 1948. It was sourced by Christel Palmberg, Unasylva Editorial Advisory Board member
Forest conservation and freedom from want
"Freedom from Want" does not mean only "enough food for everybody"; it means sufficient food, clothing, and shelter to enable human beings to live happy, healthy, prosperous lives. That is why the nations of the world, in establishing FAO, placed forestry and forest products within its responsibilities. The successful prosecution of forestry and the proper use of forest products not only contribute largely to the homes and clothes the world needs, but also conditions in the long term the world's output of food. Unasylva 2(5): September–October 1948
New forestry papers
Kenya Forest Service's award-winning project in the Mau forests
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