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18 December 2014 Global production of all major wood products continued to show steady growth in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, with the exception of the pulp and paper industry which stagnated in 2012-13 largely due to a decline in consumption in China, according to new data published by FAO today. [more]
Strengthening forest communication in Latin America 15 December 2014

FAO promotes a new initiative to develop communication skills in the forestry sector in order to help strengthen national policies and programs on sustainable forest management. During COP 20, communicators from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay met in Lima to define the work strategy for the Latin American Forest Communicators Network, promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This network was created with the mission of making environmental and forest communication a key tool in strengthening national policies and programs on sustainable forest management.


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FAO urges action on mountains at climate change conference 12 December 2014

Facing climate change offers ‘an opportunity to make mountain agriculture more sustainable and promote new ways of reducing poverty and hunger,’ Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director General told a side event at the climate change conference in Lima, Peru, on 11 December 2014. Promoting climate smart agriculture as a way to ensure sustainable rural development and improve resilience, Semedo spoke at an International Mountain Day event, co-organized by the Mountain Partnership on the sidelines of the UNFCCC COP20. Other speakers at ‘Mountains and Water – from understanding to action’ included Dorji Choden, Bhutan’s Minister for Works and Human Settlement and Doris Leuthard, Switzerland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. The event looked at progress made in climate change adaptation, mitigation and monitoring in mountain environments worldwide.


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Today is International Mountain Day 11 December 2014

Mountain family farming is the theme of this year’s International Mountain Day on 11 December, when mountains are celebrated around the world. Mountain family farming contributes to reducing poverty, feeding families and communities as well as ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources. Over generations, people living in mountain areas have refined ways to farm in difficult conditions - a range of different elevations, slopes and microclimates. Inherently ‘green’, mountain agriculture has a low impact on the environment. In fact, fossil fuels, mineral fertilizers and pesticides are used less in upland than in lowland farming. Mountains also provide freshwater and energy - resources expected to become more scarce in the coming decades.

Today people are celebrating International Mountain Day with sporting events, competitions, art exhibits, concerts, seminars and conferences that highlight why mountains matter to us all. See the list of events and download fact sheets and posters at the International Mountain Day web site. Image© Alma Karsymbek


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Forests, money and jobs: new FAO study on forestry sector in national economies 10 December 2014

FAO has released a new study on the socioeconomic importance of the forestry sector, Contribution of the forestry sector to national economies, 1990-2011. The report provides figures for employment, value-added and export earnings as well as trends in productivity at the global, regional and country level. It also shows how the forestry sector’s importance varies between regions and examines how forestry has coped with the challenges of the global economic crisis.

Among its findings, the study demonstrates how the forestry sector declined in Europe, Northern America and Oceania, but nearly doubled in Eastern Asia and grew moderately in Africa and Latin America over the decade. It also shows how global exports of forest products rose by 10 percent between 2000 and 2011 to US$421 billion, and that tropical Asia and China now account for 20 percent of total exports, compared to 10 percent ten years ago.


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XIV World Forestry Congress - abstract deadline extended 9 December 2014

Extra time to submit your abstract for the XIV World Forestry Congress

The call for abstracts for the XIV World Forestry Congress has been extended and you now have until 30 January 2015 to submit your ideas for papers, posters and videos.

The XIV World Forestry Congress will take place 7-11 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa and will be a key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, to share their expertise and experience, and to project a new vision for the future of forests and forestry.


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 FAO urges to change the way we think and act in response to climate change 6 December 2014

Eduardo Rojas, FAO’s Assistant Director General, stressed the importance of a comprehensive landscape approach in the context of climate change to face the challenge of feeding 805 million people.

Adopting a landscape approach to address the challenges of climate change is the way to get more resilient, better adapted and highly productive landscapes that contribute to the livelihoods of populations now and in the future, said Eduardo Rojas, FAO’s Assistant Director General, during the inaugural session of the Global Landscapes Forum in Lima.


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In memoriam: David Harcharik 6 December 2014

It is with great sadness that FAO Forestry announces the passing away on the morning of 3 December of Mr David Harcharik. Mr Harcharik, a US national, was a former Assistant Director-General of the FAO Forestry Department and subsequently FAO Deputy Director-General. He was also a dear friend and champion of forests and foresters around the world. FAO Forestry wishes to extend its profound sympathies and condolences to the family of Mr Harcharik at this very sad time. An editorial and tribute to the memory, work and achievements of Mr. Harcharik will be included in the next issue of inFO news.


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News from FAO Forestry 5 December 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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Speaking out for forest and farming families 3 December 2014

Lima: At the Global Landscapes Forum from 6-7 December, the farming and forest families living landscapes lounge will be a space dedicated to sharing experiences and hearing the voices of small holders, indigenous peoples, producer organizations, women and youth groups. Hosted by Tropenbos International, the AgriCultures Network, and the Forest and Farm Facility. Click more to view the programme. All welcome.


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Forest products statistics vital for effective planning 1 December 2014

Improving and enhancing country capacity on forest products statistics in Southern Africa is of critical importance for the future of the subregion’s forests. A recent three-day workshop brought together experts from national forestry agencies and national statistical institutions from southern Africa as well as experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Tropical Timber Organization and the Southern Africa Development Community Secretariat.

Although forestry activities are estimated to be currently generating a massive US$7.6 billion a year (about 1.4 percent of the regional gross domestic product), the sector remains underreported mainly because the majority of the activities take place in the informal sector. “Forestry accounts for 3.5 percent of all employment – 2.1 million people in southern Africa – mostly in the informal sector”, said Rene Czudek, FAO Forestry Officer for southern Africa. “In addition to this, around 70 million use wood fuel and charcoal to cook. These fuels account for 11 percent of all energy use in southern Africa”, added Mr Czudek.


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Wild meat and food security: risks and benefits 28 November 2014

Wildlife makes an essential contribution to food security for many people worldwide, and wild meat may be the only available source of animal protein for many people. At the same time, current policies usually focus on the pressures posed by the overexploitation of wildlife and ignore the contribution of wild meat to food security. Wild meat may also carry health risks related to diseases transmitted to humans through the handling and consumption of animals. Released by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management at the World Parks Congress, this factsheet addresses the risks and benefits of wild meat.


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FAO supports Zimbabwe National Forest Policy Formulation Process 27 November 2014

Harare, Zimbabwe - The Government of Zimbabwe launched the National Forest Policy Formulation Process, as the country steps up efforts to guide the development of the forestry sector.The National Forest Policy Formulation Process is funded to the tune of US$93 000 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations which will also provide technical assistance. Speaking at the launch, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa and Representative in Zimbabwe, Chimimba David Phiri said FAO has a long standing association with the forest sector as it has provided technical and financial support to the country through the National Forest Programme Facility (NFPF) between 2009 and 2012.


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XIV World Forestry Congress: Call for events 20 November 2014

The XIV World Forestry Congress will be a key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, to share their expertise and experience, and to project a new vision for the future of forests and forestry. We’d like you to help define that vision.

We invite you to submit your application for organizing an event under the central theme of the Congress, Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future.

We welcome proposals for side events, networking events, launches, performances or regional events to share experiences and innovations and increase opportunities for dialogue among participants.


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State of the Forests of the Congo Basin 2013 18 November 2014

Published by the Observatoire des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale, this new edition of the State of the Forest represents the collaborative effort of over 150 individuals from a diversity of institutions and the forestry administrations of the Central African countries. Financial contributions from the European Union, Norway, the United States of America, Germany, France, Canada and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations must also be acknowledged.


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FAO releases paper on protected areas, people and food security 13 November 2014

Millions of people all over the world depend on protected areas for food and livelihoods. Many more benefit indirectly from the services these areas provide: from pollination and pest control to clean water and reduced disaster risks. Part of FAO’s contribution to the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney this week, this paper addresses the inter-relationships between people and protected areas. In response to the global challenge of providing sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all, it shares traditional and innovative ways of drawing sustenance from the land. It also stresses the need to involve and empower local communities in order to safeguard its benefits for future generations.


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UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meets in Tanzania 7 November 2014

The thirteenth UN-REDD Programme Policy Board meeting was held in Arusha, Tanzania from 3-7 November. As well as the official Policy Board meeting, country participants were able to share REDD+ readiness experiences during two information days with the UN-REDD Programme and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board is made up of representatives from 56 partner countries, donors to the Multi-Partner Trust Fund, civil society, Indigenous Peoples and the three Participating UN Organizations (FAO, UNDP and UNEP). The future of the UN-REDD Programme was strengthened and its value reaffirmed with the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board support for the Programme’s proposed 2016-2020 strategic framework, and new donor pledges of approximately US$ 600,000 from Spain and US$ 11 million from Norway.

Image: Minister Dr. Binilith Satano Mahenge, United Republic of Tanzania, meets with Alvaro Rodriguez, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Tanzania and Eduardo Rojas, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO


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Last call for case studies for FAO Forestry climate change mitigation options online conference 7 November 2014

Forestry policy makers, forest economists, scientists and researchers from all over the world are expected to register for a unique online conference entitled Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector. The conference will take place in six sessions during 6 -27 February 2015 and a hundred free places are available in each session. More than 550 registrations have been received from 108 countries already. The conference will focus on the costs and benefits of ways in which the forest sector can mitigate climate change, and examine how different countries mitigate climate change through forest management interventions and improved use of wood. The deadline for submitting case studies is 10 November. Visit the conference web site to register, or submit a case study abstract.


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News from FAO Forestry 5 November 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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Emerging approaches to Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels for REDD+ 4 November 2014

The UN-REDD Programme’s new publication provides an overview of different approaches to the development of Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels (FREL/FRLs). The UNFCCC has defined FREL/FRLs as benchmarks for assessing each country’s performance in implementing REDD+ activities and mitigating climate change through actions related to their forests. The publication presents examples from Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guyana, Mexico, Nepal, the Republic of Congo and Vietnam.


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Celebrating World Food Day with forests and family farming 16 October 2014

Rome: Addressing food security and nutrition requires a holistic perspective. A Committee on Food Security side event will demonstrate the interconnection of forests and farms at the landscape level. It will emphasize the important role of forests and trees in family farming and food security through the direct provision of nutritious food and by maintaining sustainable agricultural systems, thus ensuring local livelihoods. Organized by the FAO Forestry Department and Forest and Farm Facility in partnership with the Indigenous Partnership for Agro-biodiversity and Food Sovereignty and the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development.


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Sustainable natural resources management in Africa's urban food and nutrition equation 14 October 2014

Keeping Nature & Faune’s tradition of exploring major emerging issues in natural resources management for food security in Africa, this issue explores the implications of rapid urbanization and its effects on urban food and nutrition security. Forests contribute towards food self-sufficiency in ways other than through their edible parts.


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Wildlife partnership releases fact sheet on sustainable wildlife management and biodiversity 13 October 2014

Pyeongchang : Released today at the Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, a new fact sheet highlights the key role of sustainable wildlife management in biodiversity conservation. With wildlife under pressure from human population growth, urbanization and other stresses, the piece argues that strengthening the concrete benefits of biodiversity creates an incentive to safeguard it. It gives examples of animal populations, such as the vicuna in the Andes, that were brought back from the brink of extinction by programmes that also boosted the livelihoods of local communities. The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management is a voluntary partnership of international organizations with substantive mandates and programmes for the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources.


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10 October 2014 FAO has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change. [more]
News from FAO Forestry 6 October 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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News from FAO Forestry 6 August 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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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]
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]
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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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]
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]
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]
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]
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