Kunming, China: International experts from different backgrounds gathered from 24-26 March to discuss and plan the future course of international action on forests and water. The meeting was a joint initiative of FAO, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). A five-year agenda was developed.
Indigenous peoples, local forest communities, researchers, NGOs, international institutions and foresters participated in the celebrations in Guatemala City at the National Institute of Forests (INAB). The manager of INAB, Forest and Farm Facility manager, FAO Guatemala representative, IUCN representative and the Vice President of the Alianza Nacional de Organizaciones Forestales Comunitarias (ANOFC), shared the stage in recognising the importance of the forest for forest and farm producers, climate change, food security and the supply of valuable goods and services for national and global sustainable development.
During the celebration four agreements were signed highlighting FAO support to the country including, a partnership of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) with the ANOFC to strengthen smallholder, women, community and Indigenous Peoples’ producer organizations for business/livelihoods and policy engagement and with INAB to catalyze multi-sectoral stakeholder policy platforms with governments at local and national levels.
21 March 2014 New data released on the occasion of the International Day of Forests confirm that forest areas continue to decline globally, with the biggest losses of tropical forests occurring in South America and Africa. [more]
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the March issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
12 March 2014 Forest loss and degradation remain major problems confronting the Asia-Pacific region which, if not addressed, will leave future generations a legacy of damaged ecosystems and irrecoverable losses of biodiversity, FAO is warning. [more]
Prior to 2006, Zambia had few reliable national estimates of its forests. But an integrated land-use assessment from 2005-2008 provided the country with a valuable and reliable snapshot of its forests. Now Zambia is initiating a second survey. This time the results will offer more than a snapshot – they will provide proof of progress. Zambia is using the data as a baseline against which it can show how various aspects of its forests have changed, incorporating measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from forests. MRV is required for countries to participate in REDD+, a climate change initiative that provides financial incentives to developing countries to protect forests.
On the occasion of the 1st World Wildlife Day on 3 March, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, CAMPFIRE and BIO-HUB Trust with technical and financial support from FAO, set up the Human-Wildlife Conflict management centre at Mukuvisi woodlands. The centre will raise awareness about the causes and consequences of human-wildlife conflict as well as providing visitors with information on different strategies to prevent and mitigate further conflict.
FAO associates itself with enthusiasm with the celebration of World Wildlife Day which was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the value of wildlife and its various contributions to sustainable development and human well-being. Whilst dramatic trends in criminal hunting and trade are threatening emblematic species to the verge of extinction, requiring immediate, prompt and decisive action, concerted and efficient efforts are also needed to sustainably manage wildlife so as to provide ecological, social, economic and cultural contributions to human development, food security, and wellbeing. FAO looks forward to working with countries and partners, including the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), to more effectively address the needs in this area, paying special attention to sustainably improving the livelihoods of poor rural communities and the conservation of their natural resources.
The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management welcomes the United Nations General Assembly decision to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day, as a means of celebrating the importance of the world’s flora and fauna, strengthening efforts to conserve biodiversity and stepping up the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife.
The Government of the Republic of South Africa, in collaboration with FAO, will host the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September 2015. For the first time the Congress is being held in Africa. Held every six years, its objectives are to inform, orient and influence international action in forestry, to elevate the sector’s role in global development and to project a new vision for the future. This XIV Congress will be crucial as the world will be entering a new development era with the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
A recent study into illegal logging in Mozambique – carried out by the University of Eduardo Mondlane – found that at least two-thirds of all logging in the country is unlicensed and that illegal harvesting has increased by 88 percent between 2007 and 2012. The study, published today and funded by the EU FAO FLEGT Programme, suggests that while around 300 000 metres³ of timber were licensed for harvesting in 2012, almost 900 000 metres³ were actually felled.
In the International Year of Family Farming, Jeffrey Campbell, manager of FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility talks about the importance of family forests and trees on farms.
Family forests overlap directly with family farming in multiple ways – making them an inseparable part of the livelihood strategies and natural resource management systems for smallholders all over the world. Family forests are a critical part of rural food systems and vital to food security and livelihoods of farmers and rural economies. Forest and farm producer organizations working together strengthens family farming. Find out more at the Forest and Farm Facility website.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. Join FAO in celebrating the Day, share the video and spread the message to help raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests.
Indonesia: Assistant Director-General Forestry, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, spoke at a REDD+ forum in Palangka Raya Province. “Indonesia in partnership with Norway and the UN system is pioneering REDD+ in a tremendous effort to stop and revert deforestation”, he said. Other panel members included H.E. Ambassador Stig Traavik, Kingdom of Norway, Heru Prasetyo, Head of Indonesia REDD+ Agency, H. Achmad Diran, Vice Governor of Central Kalimantan, and Satya Tripathi, Director of UNORCID, the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia. Representatives from UNEP, UNDP, Global Canopy Programme and civil societies also attended.
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the February issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
New York: On the 5th February, governments, major groups and civil society will meet to discuss forests and mountains in the post-2015 development agenda on the sidelines of the 8th session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group, to ensure forests and mountains continue to receive attention in UN processes, as they have since the Earth Summit 1992.
Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, the Permanent Mission of Bhutan to the UN, the Forest and Wildlife Department of Peru, and the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN, the discussion will highlight the vital ecosystem services forests and mountains provide (water cycle regulation, soil protection, biodiversity preservation, climate change) to humanity and also how crucial they are from a social and economic perspective.
Amman – FAO and the Near East Forestry and Range Commission will meet in Amman to hold its 21st session together with the 3rd Near East Forestry Week. The session will bring together heads of forestry and rangelands services from the Near East and North Africa to discuss the crucial role forest and rangelands play in the socio-economic development of the region and in the protection of its environment.
Jointly published by FAO and RECOFTC - the Center for People and Forests, this training guide for facilitators will provide practical advice and guidance for people involved in forest tenure reforms and those reflecting on the effectiveness of existing tenure systems.
EU FAO FLEGT Programme is now accepting project proposals from government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in eligible timber-producing countries not already engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs). Grants of up to €100 000 are channeled through the Programme to support locally driven processes that put the FLEGT Action Plan into practice.