FAO forestry newsroom
Red hot solution to marauding elephant crop threat
A joint FAO-Conservation International project in Ghana has found that chili pepper cloth is an effective way to stop elephants living in Ghana's Kakum National Park from raiding crops on nearby farms. [ more... ]
Alternative livelihoods developed to protect World Heritage Site in Uganda
Small enterprises have been created in communities around the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda to generate income while conserving the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. [ more... ]
Online knowledge resource for national forest assessments
2 December 2004 - An online Knowledge Reference on National Forest Assessment has been developed by FAO Forestry Department together with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). The reference is intended to serve as a worldwide knowledge resource for national forest assessments among foresters, scientists, teachers and other stakeholders, particularly aiming at needs of developing countries. [ more... ]
Edible insects, important source of protein in central Africa
8 November 2004 -- Edible insects, like caterpillars and grubs, are important sources of protein and should be considered an alternative in efforts to increase food security in central African countries. [ more... ]
Forests, safety-nets for HIV/AIDS-affected households in southern Africa
3 November 2004 - Forests provide emergency income, food and medicine for rural households affected by HIV/AIDS. The cruel progression of HIV, ensuing social and economic disruption, excessive healthcare expenses and the eventual loss of family breadwinners can devastate household livelihoods. In such circumstances forests help make ends meet.
Pan-American cooperation in wildland fire management kicks off
23 October 2004 - Pan-American countries adopted a declaration in San José, Costa Rica, urging governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to cooperate for better management of wildland fires. It recommended the establishment of national centres for monitoring wildland fires, the development and standardization of fire statistics, and long-term strategic approaches to fire, among others. [ more... ]
Pan American cooperation to combat forest fires gaining momentum
22 October 2004 - Heads of national forest agencies in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean meet to review the status of forest fires in the Americas and create regional networks to combat forest fires. [ more... ]
Asia and the Pacific brace to stop incursions of invasive species
21 October 2004 - Species introduced from a foreign land and climate can sometimes cause damage to the economy, environment and human health in new host ecosystems in the absence of natural enemies. The Asia-Pacific countries have taken it into their hands to build a network in order to control their spread and damages.
Mongolian and American parks join hands
20 October 2004 - Khan Khentii Protected Area in Mongolia, the reputed birthplace of Ghengis Khan, and Glacier National Park in Montana, United States, have become sister parks as an offshoot of an FAO foresty project.
More protected areas and planted forests in Latin America and the Caribbean
20 October 2004 - Less natural forest cover, but more protected areas and forest plantations, and an increased share of international trade in forest products are expected by 2020 in Latin America and the Caribbean. This forecast was presented at the regional Forestry Commission this week in San José, Costa Rica. [ more... ]
Wood production in Europe will shift further to the east in the next decade
8 October 2004 -- Countries in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States will play a greater role in European forest products markets over the next two decades, according to FAO and the UN Economic Commission for Europe. [ more... ]
Call for participation at International Poplar Commission meeting
24 September 2004 - The contribution of poplars and willows to sustainable forestry and rural development will be the subject of discussion at the next four yearly full Session meeting of the International Poplar Commission to be held from 28 November to 2 December 2004 in Santiago, Chile.
12 August 2004 -Work is currently underway to develop a mountain module in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Monitoring Sites (TEMS) database. The objective is to facilitate access to mountain relevant data and information from around the world. The Module includes networks and sites relevant to mountain issues and features a list of primary indicators, data holders and maps with specific information on mountains.
Involving local communities to prevent and control forest fires
26 July 2004 -- Involving local communities is crucial to prevent and control destructive forest fires. [ more... ]
Library website launched
20 July 2004 - In an effort to make the forestry library at FAO more accessible to the public and its users, a website has been developed and launched. The website provides full access to complete texts, table of contents and journals on forests. It also provides full access to databases and all information resources available at FAO as well as a directory of institutions related to forestry. [ more... ]
Growing trees on farms to reduce hunger and poverty
30 June 2004 -- Trees grown on farms could help to alleviate poverty by providing income and food for poor farmers, FAO said today. [ more... ]
Sustainable forest management is gaining ground in Asia-Pacific
19 April 2004 -- Most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have developed policies for sustainable forestry, but since many lack the capacity to implement them effectively, overall progress remains slow. [ more... ]
FAO stresses the importance of forests in alleviating poverty and protecting the environment
16 February 2004 -- Commenting on the forthcoming meeting of the 14th session of FAO's African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (Accra, Ghana, 18-21 February 2004), Mr. Hosny El-Lakany, head of FAO's forestry Department underlined the need "to end the isolation of forestry from mainstream development initiatives." [ more... ]