FAO forestry newsroom
Regional Expert Meeting On Forest Health And Invasive Species In The Near East in Tunisia
Cairo, 10 December 2007: Many countries of the Near East Region, including North Africa, have been confronted over the past few years, with severe diseases affecting some forest species. As a result, field projects have been implemented by FAO in most of these countries in order to understand the origin and causes of these diseases, their scope and to monitor their evolution.
Regional Experts Consultation on Good Forestry Practices In Arid And Semi-Arid Lands
Cairo, 29 November 2007: The Regional office for the Near East of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/RNE) in collaboration with the University of Alexandria will organize an Expert Consultation meeting for the preparation of guidelines for good forestry practices in arid and semi-arid lands, at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Alexandria, Al-Shatby District, Alexandria, Egypt.
Opportunities and risks of wood energy production
20 November 2007 – The use of wood energy can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to poverty reduction. But the use of wood for fuel can also result in deforestation or forest degradation if forests are not managed sustainably.
The forgotten half: women in forestry in Africa
Accra, 12 November 2007 – Although women play key roles in forest protection and conservation, policies and laws are biased in favor of men, said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today at the opening of a gender workshop for forestry in Africa.
Electronic survey: non-commercial forestry software
More and more countries, forest services, projects, universities, research centres, NGOs and other organizations continue to develop their own software, very often for specific objectives and not necessarily to sell it for a profit. For this reason the Forestry Department of FAO invites you and/or your organization/agency/network to participate in a global electronic survey on non commercial software used in the management of forests in the tropic by filling out the questionnaire not later than 30 November 2007.
Globalization altering the forest landscape
Chiang Mai/ Bangkok 16 October 2007: Asian countries will need to make dramatic adjustments in how they manage forests in the face of rapid globalization according to leading UN forestry experts. The world’s forests are linked by issues of climate change, products trade, water management, tourism and cross-border movement of pests and diseases in ways that seemed unimaginable just a few years ago.
Converting wood waste into pellets to reduce greenhouse gases
1 October 2007 – Costa Rica’s pilot project to convert polluting wood residues into a profitable “green” energy source, presents new prospects for timber industries in developing countries, FAO said today.
Record temperatures increase fire danger in the Mediterranean
30 July 2007 - Record summer temperatures and hot dry winds have made parts of the Mediterranean a tinder box with fire-fighters working around the clock to control blazes threatening people and vegetation.
Wildfire management, a burning issue for livelihoods and land-use
31 May 2007 - Forest fires are increasing as a result of climate change, and they are affecting larger areas and becoming more severe in several regions of the world, FAO said today, calling upon countries to invest more in fire preparedness and prevention. [ more... ]
Forestry Outlook Study For West and Central Asia launched
Cairo, 19 April 2007: The Regional Office for the Near East of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will today launch the Forestry Outlook Study for West and Central Asia (FOWECA), which was carried out by the Near East Forestry Commission with the involvement of all member countries.
The Republic of Korea joins Japan to support an FAO forestry project for the first time
Rome, 13 March 2007 - The Republic of Korea signed an agreement today with FAO promising to forge resources with Japan in order to strengthen sustainable forest management.
Global report cites progress in slowing forest losses
13 March 2007 – A number of regions of the world are reversing centuries of deforestation and are now showing an increase in forest area, according to FAO's State of the World’s Forests report, released today. [ more... ]
Towards a better knowledge of forest ecosystems
Rome, 9 March 2007 - Stressing that improved forest policies and sustainable forest management necessarily entail a periodic methodical evaluation of forest resources, FAO deplores the delay of many countries in adopting modern technology and methods for collecting, analysing and managing the data needed for such an evaluation.
Killing two birds with one stone: Transferring knowledge to fight poverty and land degradation
Rome, 5 March 2007 - With help from FAO, farmers in six sub-Saharan countries have been able to increase their income from the sale of gums and resins and to restore degraded land.
The invaders are here: Sharing knowledge to prevent and control pests from harming forests
Rome, 5 March 2007 - Outbreaks of forest invasive species are no longer confined to one country or region . The increase in travel, trade and transport as well as climate change have made invasive species a growing transnational problem. Invasive species are spreading quickly from one country to another and may cross continents. Sharing knowledge with people beyond one's border is therefore essential.
Capacity building: Strengthening knowledge to combat forest fires
Rome, 5 March 2007 - The number of forest fires caused by people without the knowledge or the means to prevent, control and fight them, has grown exponentially in certain parts of the world. Building the capacity at all levels, including government officers, private forest owners and local communities, to prevent, control and fight forest fires has been a major task for FAO.
Using knowledge handed down from generations to produce commercial products in bamboo
Rome, 5 March 2007 - Knowledge and skills handed down from generation to generation have found a new lease of life in the production of marketable goods to provide much-needed cash to local producers.
History of forestry as it developed in Central Europe, unveiled.
Rome, 5 March 2007 - For the first time, FAO will display at the upcoming Committee on Forestry (13-16 March), a historical collection of rare forestry books dating back to the eighteenth century that provide a snapshot in time of the state of forest research as it first developed in Central Europe and evolved through the beginning of the twentieth century.