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FAO releases survey of global pulp and paper capacities 2013-2018 28 July 2014

The survey presents statistics on pulp and paper capacity and production by country and by grade. The statistics are based on information submitted by correspondents worldwide, most of them pulp and paper associations, and represents 85% of the world production of paper and paperboard.


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FAO releases study on genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species 17 July 2014

Restoring forest ecosystems is recognized as a key strategy for tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and desertification, and can also yield products and services that support local people’s livelihoods. The value of using native tree species in restoration is receiving growing recognition, however this requires more than just planting the right species. The genetic composition of reproductive material significantly affects the success of restoration both in the short and the long term. Highlighting the key role of native tree species across a diversity of ecosystems and areas from around the world, this publication provides guidance to policymakers and practitioners. The study was coordinated by Bioversity International as input to FAO’s first report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources.


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30 June 2014 Indigenous peoples, local communities and private smallholders own or manage a growing proportion of the world's forests and can play a significant role in tackling deforestation and reducing poverty - especially if they band together in producer organizations, say two new publications released today by FAO and a group of its partners. [more]
Forest, family farms and producer organizations 24 June 2014

Forests and family farms are part of an integrated productive system for indigenous peoples, local forest communities, and smallholders living in forested landscapes. Together forests and family farms deliver ecosystem services and benefits for livelihoods and well-being. This infographic developed by the Forest and Farm Facility at the occasion of COFO and the International Year of family Farming illustrates the relationship between forests and family farms and highlights the advantages of forest and farm producer getting organized in order to improve the access to market and the income, to amplify their voice in decision making, and to ensure tenure rights, and human well-being.


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20 June 2014 Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, according to FAO's flagship publication The State of the World's Forests (SOFO), published today. [more]
Forest plantations account for 33% of industrial wood supply globally 20 June 2014

According to a new FAO study released today, forest plantations supplied 33% of industrial wood globally in 2012. The study is based on data from 78 countries and covers more than 90% of industrial roundwood production in the world. Brazil is the largest producer of logs from plantations followed by USA, China, India and Chile.


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North American Forestry Commission meets to discuss regional forestry challenges 19 June 2014

With changes in the global climate, forestry resources from the United States, Canada and Mexico have faced increasing challenges, including longer-lasting droughts, intensified wildfires and outbreaks of pests and disease. On June 11-13, the North American Forestry Commission (NAFC) held its 27th session in Madison, Wisconsin, to discuss some of these pressing issues. NAFC is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. FAO participated in the event with the presence of Assistant Director-General and head of FAO Forestry Department Eduardo Rojas, Peter Csoka, Secretary of the Committee on Forestry (COFO), and FAO Washington’s Director, Nicholas Nelson. In an interview with FAO Washington’s blog, Mr. Nelson shared some of his impressions of the event.


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News from FAO Forestry 19 June 2014

Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the most recent issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


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FAO and Turkey reinforce partnership for Central Asian food security and forests 6 June 2014

FAO and the Government of Turkey agreed to extend and reinforce their longstanding partnership on food security, forestry and other issues confronting the countries of Central Asia.

Two agreements were signed, with the objective of providing technical assistance to and sharing Turkey’s experience with countries in the region, as well as improving capacities for international cooperation in the Ministry of Food, Livestock and Agriculture and in the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs. The agreement on the sustainable management of forests and tree resources starts a new chapter in relations between FAO and Turkey’s Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs.


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FAO/UNECE statistical support for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus 6 June 2014

FAO and UNECE co-organized a regional workshop on forest products statistics in Ankara, Turkey, 27-28 May 2014. The workshop focused on improving and enhancing statistical capacity of national statistical correspondents from eleven countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.


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Mountain communities highlighted at World Environment Day 5 June 2014

Learning from the traditional practices and adaptation solutions developed by mountain communities to achieve a sound model for sustainable development was one of the key messages mentioned during a seminar held today at FAO to celebrate World Environment Day.


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3 June 2014 According to the first-ever edition of The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report, half of the forest species reported as regularly utilized by countries are threatened by the conversion of forests to pastures and farmland, overexploitation, and the impacts of climate change. [more]
Launching the Forest Communicators Network in the Mediterranean and Near East region 27 May 2014

FAO facilitated an international workshop on forest communication in Rabat, Morocco from 13 to 15 May 2014. Key objectives included sharing best practices and tools to implement effective communication campaigns, programs and forestry projects in the region. Representatives from government agencies and NGOs from around the Mediterranean and Near East recognized the need to better coordinate and communicate forest issues. The network will be part of other regional communication networks facilitated by FAO, now operational in Africa, Latin America and Asia and the Pacific.


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News from FAO Forestry 15 May 2014

Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the most recent issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


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14 May 2014 Wageningen University and FAO host international conference on the role of insects in sustainable food production. [more]
FAO releases Yearbook of Forest Products 9 May 2014

The 66th edition of the FAO Yearbook of Forest Products is a compilation of statistical data on basic forest products for all countries and territories of the world. It contains annual data on the production, consumption and trade of forest products in 2012 and the volume of production, consumption and trade for every country and type of forest product from 2008-2012. A final part shows the bilateral directions of trade for major product categories in 2011-2012. Published in six languages.


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EU FAO FLEGT Programme calls for concept notes from countries engaged in EU Voluntary Partnership Agreements 28 April 2014

The EU FAO FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in timber-producing countries engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the EU. Grants of up to €100 000 are available through the call. Projects should address one of the Programme’s eight thematic areas of support and should be aligned with the priorities of the ongoing VPA process in the targeted country.


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Video: FAO celebrates Earth Day 24 April 2014

The 44th annual celebration of Earth Day featured a photo exhibition in Rome, Italy. Organized by Earth Day Italia and Shoot4Change, the portraits depict managers of sustainable food production systems, botanical researchers and eco-carpenters amongst the 'heroes of the planet.'


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11 April 2014 Payments for environmental services (PES), especially in tropical regions, should be recognised as an important tool for conservation and sustainable use of forests and other natural resources and better incorporated into national policies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) said. [more]
Forests and Water: From Research to Application 9 April 2014

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.


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Guatemala celebrates International Day of Forests 27 March 2014

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.


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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]
News from FAO Forestry 18 March 2014

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.


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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]
Forest surveys provide baseline data for participation in REDD+ 11 March 2014

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.


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Human-wildlife conflict management centre opens in Zimbabwe 3 March 2014

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.


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Celebrating World Wildlife Day 3 March 2014

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.


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2 March 2014

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.

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Save the date: 7-11 September 2015 - XIV World Forestry Congress 24 February 2014

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.


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News from FAO Forestry 7 February 2014

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.


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last updated:  Wednesday, March 12, 2014