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News from the World Forestry Congress 2 September 2015

Updates on the largest forestry event of 2015 and key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, share their expertise and experience, and project a new vision for the future.


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Southern Africa's forests and people: Investing in a sustainable future 29 August 2015

On the occasion of the XIV World Forestry Congress, this publication from the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa supports countries in the region to present the best practices, challenges and opportunities in the forestry sector of Southern Africa.

The forests of Southern Africa provide significant benefits in terms of timber and wood as well as non-wood forest products and an array of ecosystem services, not to mention supporting millions of livelihoods across the subregion. But the forests face increasing pressure from the negative impacts of climate change and massive agricultural expansion. The need to share best practices to overcome such challenges is becoming more important than ever.


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News from World Forestry Congress 29 August 2015

Updates on the largest forestry event of 2015 and the key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, share their expertise and experience, and project a new vision for the future.


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FAO FLEGT Programme releases new call for concept notes in VPA countries 26 August 2015

The FAO FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society and private sector organizations in countries engaged in VPAs with the EU. Grants of up to EUR 100 000 are channeled through the Programme to support ongoing VPA processes in targeted countries. The selection of proposals will be done through two phases. In the first phase, all eligible applicants are invited to submit concept notes. In the second phase, proponents of selected concept notes will be asked to submit full project proposals.


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FAO releases XIV World Forestry Congress publication catalogue 9 August 2015

The compilation, documentation and dissemination of information on forests and forest peoples is an important part of FAO’s mandate. In this special issue, produced for the XIV World Forestry Congress, over 100 selected FAO Forestry and other publications, organized under the Congress’s six sub-themes, highlight FAO’s work in forestry and related areas.


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News from FAO Forestry 3 August 2015

Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in inFO news, a regular electronic news bulletin published in English by the FAO Forestry Department. Keep up-to-date on major activities and events designed to support countries and local communities in increasing sustainable forest management and food security, and reducing climate change.


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Publication: Pulp and paper production capacities 2014-2019 31 July 2015

The survey presents statistics on pulp and paper capacity and production by country and by grade. The document is based on information submitted by correspondents worldwide, most of them pulp and paper associations or, in their absence, paper companies.


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Strengthening the voice of smallholders and forest and farm communities in Latin America 31 July 2015

Mexico: Working with the Government of México, the National Forest Commission, the Mesoamerican Alliance of Forest and People and the Mexican Network of forest farm organizations, the Forest and Farm Facility is organizing a workshop from 3-7 August to share regional experiences on community land management, forest governance and market linkages. Representatives of forest and farm producer organizations and national and local governments of Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua will develop a common message from the producer organizations for the World Forestry Congress and COP 21.


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Latest news from the World Forestry Congress 27 July 2015

Updates on the largest forestry event of 2015 and the key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, share their expertise and experience, and project a new vision for the future.


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Winner of Forests and People photo contest announced 15 July 2015

Sofía Alvarez Capuñay of Peru has won the XIV World Forestry Congress Forests and People photo competition. Her photo, Eres una hoja (You are a leaf), features a woman standing in a Peruvian forest covering her face with a leaf. "We live in a world full of traffic, buildings, smoke, factories and so much noise," Alvarez Capuñay says of her entry. "We are so focused on our daily problems that we forget that we are part of a whole, and we are as fragile as a leaf. We should remember that we are very small compared to the power and grandeur of nature."

FAO launched the photo contest to highlight the importance of forests to people in the run-up to the XIV World Forestry Congress, which will take place in Durban, South Africa from 7-11 September 2015.


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Latest news from the World Forestry Congress 8 July 2015

Updates on the largest forestry event of 2015 and the key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, share their expertise and experience, and project a new vision for the future.


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World Forestry Congress early-bird registration until 7 July 3 July 2015

Good news for those who haven’t registered yet for XIV World Forestry Congress: the deadline for early-bird registration has been extended to 7 July 2015.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September 2015, and make your voice heard as we work to define a vision for the sustainable future of forests and forestry.


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Countdown to the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 1 July 2015

Find out how forests have changed over the last 25 years when the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2015 is launched at the XIV World Forestry Congress. Updated every five years, the world’s foremost global forest data assessment shows the state of sustainable forest management, and what percentage of forests has been lost or gained and at what rate, along with other trends. The survey shows data by country, worldwide, by region, sub-region, income category and climatic domain.


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Publication: FAO Yearbook of Forest Products 2013 30 June 2015

Published in 6 languages, the FAO Yearbook of Forest Products is a compilation of statistical data on basic forest products from over 100 countries and territories of the world. It contains data on the volume of production; and the volume, value and direction of trade in forest products.


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23 June 2015 Mountain soils are the fragile foundations of ecosystems that ultimately provide water for more than half the world’s population. A new FAO book, “Understanding Mountain Soils,” offers technical insights on the sustainable management of mountain soils. [more]
Stabilizing Nepal’s mountain slopes to help farmers return to their fields 22 June 2015

Since the earthquakes in Nepal, some farmers have noticed water disappearing into the ground, leaving just-watered terraces suddenly dry. Certain springs have dried up while others have suddenly filled with water. Irrigation channels have emptied, after earth walls collapsed. Landslides have swept away crops, roads and irrigation channels, and cost lives.

As well as the distribution of seeds and animal feed supplements, FAO is looking at ways of increasing the resilience of Nepal's most vulnerable farmers to future crises. In particular, in order to avoid landslides, options include planting deep-rooted trees and bushes, installing cages full of stones - known as gabions - to fix highly unstable soil.


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17 June 2015

Editorial: No such thing as a free lunch - invest in healthy soils, FAO forestry news: FAO conference, World Forestry congress, and more.

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What are the links between forests, food and life? 16 June 2015

World Expo Milan, 25 June: His Excellency Mr. Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria, invites a panel of eminent, international speakers to discuss the links between forests and food.

Moderated by the Economist's political editor, James Astill, the panel will outline solutions for enhancing food security with good forest management and how forests can contribute to the challenge and central theme of the World Expo - "Feeding the planet - Energy for Life".


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News from the World Forestry Congress 12 June 2015

Updates on the largest forestry event of 2015 and key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, share their expertise and experience, and project a new vision for the future. Read more about pre-congress events, accommodation and enter the wood design competition.


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Improved and sustainable livelihoods through forestry on family farms 12 June 2015

Nairobi, Kenya – Over 100 participants from 12 African countries converged in Nairobi for the first African Farm/Family Forestry Producer Organizations Conference. Themed ‘Forestry for improved livelihoods’, the conference sought solutions to challenges that family farm forest owners face, such as lack of secure tenure of land, fair market access, access to financial services, good quality extension, capacity building support services, effective local and national producer groups, and many more.

In her opening remarks, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu noted that African governments need to change their approach from business as usual to ‘business unusual’. “We must move quickly to acknowledge locally controlled forestry and support the development of farm forestry, with particular emphasis on empowering farm forest producer organizations’, she noted.


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World Forestry Congress ‘must leave lasting legacy’ 11 June 2015

Rome – The need for the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) to involve and inspire young people and to leave a lasting legacy were the main themes at a WFC information event on the sidelines of FAO’s governing Conference meeting in Rome.

Educating the general public about the importance of forests is a high priority, said XIV WFC Secretary-General Trevor Abrahams, who added that it was a “proud moment for South Africa” to be hosting the first WFC on African soil since the Congress’s inception in 1926.


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News from FAO Forestry 5 June 2015

Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in inFO news, a regular electronic news bulletin published in English by the FAO Forestry Department. Keep up-to-date on major activities and events designed to support countries and local communities in increasing sustainable forest management and food security, and reducing climate change.


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3 June 2015 FAO and IKEA of Sweden today agreed to begin working together on a forestry certification initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam. [more]
8 May 2015 National forest funds - publicly-managed financing mechanisms intended to support sustainable forest management - hold vast potential to catalyze greater investment in forestry, including investment aimed at addressing climate change. However, their role still remains largely unrecognized, according to a new FAO policy paper. [more]
News from FAO Forestry 30 April 2015

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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20 March 2015 Total carbon emissions from forests decreased by more than 25 percent between 2001 and 2015, mainly due to a slowdown in global deforestation rates, according to new estimates published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization today. [more]
News from FAO Forestry 19 March 2015

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 18 February 2015

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 3 February 2015

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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