Editorial - The importance of partnerships
Mette Løyche Wilkie, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation in the United Nations Environment Programme
When you stand at a crossroads in your career, you often find yourself looking back over the years, attempting to identify key lessons learned and a “red thread” in a series of moves that, more often than not, were the results of unexpected opportunities rather than part of a carefully executed strategic plan. In my own case, the red thread has been the combination of environment and sustainable development – with forests as the entry point. As a strong believer in the mandate and vision of the United Nations, I have been fortunate to
When it comes to lessons learned, the one that stands out is the importance of building and maintaining strategic partnerships. As part of my very first assignment with FAO, I was tasked with the rehabilitation and management of mangrove forests in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Situated at the interface between the land and the sea, mangroves epitomize the need for a broad intersectoral approach to their management, conservation and use – in this case involving several different ministries, local government units, customary owners (Paramount Chiefs), village elders and religious leaders, donors, environmental NGOs, wood cutters and charcoal producers, salt makers, farmers, fishermen and the women smoking and selling the fish, casual labourers and school children and their teachers.
FAO Forestry news
Regional forest policy course gets top marks“This is one of the most satisfying courses …”, opined one of 22 foresters from six Pacific Island countries and China at FAO’s recent Executive Forest Policy course in Fiji. Participants spent 12 days immersed in the theory and practice of forest policy and being challenged by leading sector trainers to address new and emerging policy issues, successes and failures, and to hone new skills.
Read more about the FAO Executive Forest Policy course held in Nadi, Fiji, in May 2014 , the 7th in a series initiated in 2007, which to date has trained over 100 current and future forestry leaders from 25 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Strengthening global ties between forest and farm producers
Bolivia, Kenya, Viet Nam and Zambia are the latest additions to the Forest and Farm Facility’s network of partner countries working to attain sustainable livelihoods and food security for forest-farm communities. Partnering also with regional and global forest and farm producer organizations, including under some new agreements, the Facility will provide multi-sectoral support centred around three pillars of activity.
Committee backs sustainable bio-packaging to reduce food loss and waste
Representatives of the 23 world-leading forest industry and forest growers’ associations met in the Russian Federation in June for the 55th Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) session. Strengthening collaboration on the development of bio-based packaging to reduce food loss and waste sustainably was one of several ACSFI recommendations, and the one that the 22nd Committee on Forestry encouraged FAO to support.
Read more about FAO's ACSFI, including the executive summary of its 55th Session.
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XIV World Forestry Congress: what's new, what's next
Upcoming meetings and events
Strengthening forest tenure systems and governance - FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), Bangkok, Thailand, 8–16 September 2014
Collaborative Partnership on Forests – events calendar, including:
Publications and videos
State of the World's Forests 2014
The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources
The Forest and Farm Facility
EU FAO FLEGT Programme
XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban South Africa, 7-11 September 2015
Unasylva: a stroll down memory lane
In this occasional series, we feature reprints of extracts from early editions of Unasylva, FAO Forestry’s international journal of forestry and forest industries.
...The heart of FAO's task in Forestry is to help people of many lands to follow the arduous road of forest conservation and use. To this end many devices contribute -conferences, study tours, discussions, visiting specialists in various fields - all aimed at direct co-operation with technicians of the countries concerned. Such measures are indispensable.
But reflection, experience, and the most casual study of statistics show such a method of consultation can work only slowly with the many nations and very many problems demanding attention. Only the written word can really fill the void.
The activities of FAO and other agencies are unquestionably stimulating interest in forestry in many places. But clearly the enthusiastic director of administration or research and the ambitious forestry worker still cannot find a ready-made answer to the proper and insistent question, "Exactly where can I find the most significant technical material produced to date, which may contain fertile ideas applicable to my own project or task? ...
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