FAO forestry newsroom
FAO takes a new integrated approach to information gathering on natural resources
Rome, 28 November 2006 - From simple gathering of information on forests separately from all other natural resources, FAO is taking a new step forward and monitoring the management, uses and users of natural resources and their trends using an integrated approach. FAO is simultaneously monitoring all aspects of natural resources be it agriculture, forestry, fisheries, livestock or wildlife, to build knowledge about the real environmental and socio-economic situations on the ground, making information closer to reality and relevant to policy makers, FAO said today.
Can the forest products industry be part of a bio-solution to climate change?
Rome, 31 October 2006 - The global forest products industry can play a significant role in combating climate change by optimizing the use of raw material, increasing efficiency, producing bio-energy and expanding into bio-refinery products while developing the competitiveness of the sector.
Liberian forestry sector emerges after 14 years of conflict and mismanagement
5 October 2006 - Liberia passed a new forestry law last night, opening a new era for the Liberian forestry sector after a long period of mismanagement and exploitation of forest resources to fuel conflict. [ more... ]
Governments setting example for procurement of forest products
5 October 2006 - Several governments and local authorities in Europe, North America and Japan have adopted or are developing policies that will ensure that the forest products they buy come from legal and sustainably managed sources. [ more... ]
Deforestation causes global warming
4 September 2006 - There is a major role for developing countries to play in resolving the issue of global warming as much of it is caused by tropical deforestation. [ more... ]
Latin America and the Caribbean to use more wood from planted forests
1 August 2006 – More than 60 percent of the sustainable wood supply in Latin America and the Caribbean will come from planted forests by the year 2020. [ more... ]
Finding good news about Latin American and Caribbean forests
26 June 2006 – Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered here in the Dominican Republic for a high-level FAO meeting on forests have launched a new initiative to collect case studies of successful forest management from around the region so that they can be replicated elsewhere. [ more... ]
Greening our cities
22 June 2006 – Urban areas are projected to account for nearly all population growth over the next 25 years. According to FAO, urban forestry initiatives can help offset the environmental, economic and health risks posed by rapid urbanization and poverty. [ more... ]
Planted Forests Code Web site
A multi-stakeholder process to derive a Planted Forests Code has been underway since January 2005 to detail a framework of guiding principles and implementation considerations to balance the social, cultural, environmental and economic dimensions of planted forests development. The Planted Forests Code is available for stakeholder feedback on this Web site in English, French and Spanish. Any comments on the Planted Forests Code should be directed to FAO by e-mail to Planted-Forests-Code@fao.org by 30 September 2006. [ more... ]
Overexploitation depleting forest resources in Near East
06 June 2006, Rome /Larnaka, Cyprus - While many countries in the region have increased their forest area during the period 2000-2005, heavy grazing, wood, clearing of forests for agriculture, and urban development are depleting forest resources in the already forest-scarce Near East, according to FAO.
Eastern Europe still facing challenges in forest management
24 May 2006 - Eastern European countries are facing many challenges following the restitution of forests from the State to their previous owners. [ more... ]
Asia-Pacific leading the world in forest plantation development
13 April 2006 - The Asia-Pacific region recorded the highest rate of forest plantation in the world over the past five years. [ more... ]
Net rate of forest loss in Africa second highest in the world
31 March 2006 – The net rate of forest lost in Africa is the second highest in the world, while the continent leads the globe in the frequency of forest fires, FAO told the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission at a meeting this week in Mozambique. [ more... ]
Conserving Cameroon’s mangroves
FAO is working with local authorities and communities in Cameroon to promote the sustainable use of mangroves and preserve the country’s fragile coastal ecosystems. [ more... ]
Small and medium forest enterprise development for poverty reduction: opportunities and challenges in globalizing markets
To reflect on the critical issues facing the development of small and medium sized forest enterprises in the tropics and on how to best support them for the benefit of the rural poor, representatives of the private sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations, development and donor agencies and research centers, will gather in Turrialba, Costa Rica from 23 to 25 May 2006.
New FAO website helps foresters cope with invasive species
20 February 2006 - FAO has created a new online database and website about invasive species which can negatively impact forests as a tool to help foresters deal with this growing problem. [ more... ]
World progresses towards sustainable forestry
New York, 15 February 2006 - New FAO data shows progress towards sustainable forest management at the global level, but also that biological diversity and forest ecosystems remain seriously threatened in several regions. [ more... ]
Microfinance crucial to alleviating poverty in forest communities
27 January 2006 - Giving poor forest-dwellers access to basic financial services is a key element in helping them improve their living standards, according to a new FAO publication. [ more... ]