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New online forum: Social protection for building the resilience of forest-dependent people 20 May 2015

FAO's Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition welcome contributions to a new online discussion on the role of social protection in promoting and protecting the livelihoods of forest-dependent people. The Forum's contributions, experiences and views shared will be part of an event and report to be presented at the World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, in September 2015.


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FAO releases field guide for rapid assessment of forest protective functions for soil and water 20 May 2015

Forests have a significant role in soil and water protection. They protect soil from degradation and erosion; and enhance water purity by acting as a filter. Reliable data on the soil and water protective function of forests will help forest managers in preparing management plans and to strengthen disaster resilience and water security. FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 has published a field guide for the rapid assessment of forest protective functions for soil and water . The guide presents a reliable, cost-effective and easy-to-apply method for collecting data to promote forest management for the protection of soil and water.

In addition, a working paper “Testing field methods for assessing the forest protective function for soil and water” was released, describing the study methodology, field tests and data analysis completed in forest sites in Mexico, Nepal and Viet Nam. The publications have been produced with financial support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.


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Conference webcast: Mobilization of woody biomass for energy and industrial use 19 May 2015

Rome, 10.00 (GMT+2): Biomass could account for two-thirds of the targeted European Union renewable energy production in 2020. Improved logistics to harvest, store and transport biomass will help create a market for biomass feedstocks such as forestry residues, agricultural wood prunings, and energy crops. Key findings from three European Union-supported research projects will present practical solutions for rural communities for the production of bioenergy and biomaterials. Join the conference online today from 10.00 (GMT +2).


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Improving forest biotechnology for family farms 18 May 2015

Forest biotechnology applications are increasingly being used to support the establishment and management of forests, improve productivity and tackle important challenges such as pests and adaptation to adverse environmental and weather conditions.

An international symposium is being held in Brazil this week to share knowledge and experience on the use of biotechnology to improve productivity, sustainable forest management, and support industrial wood production by family farmers.


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Policy brief: Strengthening public forestry administrations 15 May 2015

Public forestry administration has a long history, in some countries dating back to the early nineteenth century, when forest policies mainly focused on wood production. Over time, forest policies and programmes have changed in multiple ways. This brief describes the changing context within which public forestry administrations operate and outlines concrete steps they can take to adapt and strengthen their capacity to fulfil their mandates.


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Developing the first national forest inventory for Papua New Guinea 13 May 2015

The Papua New Guinea Forest Authority will develop the country’s first multipurpose national forest inventory. The project is funded by the European Union and the UN-REDD Programme, and is being implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with the PNGFA as the lead government agency. Minister of Forests, Hon. Douglas Tomuriesa said that while Papua New Guinea still has large tracts of forests remaining, there is increasing pressure from commercial logging, commercial agriculture, shifting cultivation and mining. H.E. Martin Dihm, Ambassador of the European Union explained, "This programme will help in the exploration and protection of Papua New Guinea's great rain forest. Under the National Forestry Inventory all the extraordinary forestry resources will be registered and identified. It therefore assists in the conservation and management of this invaluable asset for the benefit of Papua New Guinea and the whole world".


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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]
7 May 2015

New York, USA: At a UNFF11 side event, delegates discussed possible ways forward to monitor and report to key global forest-related goals, objectives and targets, particularly those related to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Global Objectives on Forests.

At the event, organized by Germany and supported by FAO, Matthias Schwoerer, Head of Division, European and International Forest Policy, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany, highlighted the need to agree on a global core set of indicators. "We need to take evolving demands on forests from other processes into account which need monitoring assessment and reporting," he said. FAO Senior Forestry Officer, Ewald Rametsteiner presented a proposed draft set of global forest indicators and said that there is a need to "further consult on global and regional needs and conditions for using a further harmonized set of global forest-related policy indicators and harmonized reporting mechanisms."

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Making national forest funds more effective 7 May 2015

FAO's Ewald Rametsteiner launched the publication "Towards effective national forest funds" during a side event of the United Nations Forum on Forests in New York. Participants gathered to discuss the role of national forest funds (NFFs) in strengthening financing for sustainable forest management. With about US$12-13 billion being managed by them, NFFs have become an important institutional mechanism to improve the financial architecture and governance of forestry in recent years. FAO also released a policy brief “Making national forest funds more effective”. Panelists from Jamaica, India and Morocco shared experiences with NFFs, with contributions from the World Bank and Global Environment Facility on the organization of international financing.


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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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FAO and Austria reveal forest pavilion for Earth Day 22 April 2015

FAO and Austria have teamed up to celebrate Earth Day with a sneak peak into the country’s unique contribution to the 2015 World Expo in Milan: the ‘Breathe’ Pavilion, which contains a fully functioning Austrian forest.

The pavilion, which will open to the public on 1 May, demonstrates the role that forests play in providing clean air and nutritious, organic food in line with the theme of this year’s Expo, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

An FAO-produced video reveals how trees, plants, moss and soil have all been transported and carefully positioned onto custom-built hillsides for the challenging feat of recreating the Austrian forest in Milan.


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Register for the World Forestry Congress 21 April 2015

Registration for the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban is now open. The Congress will be the most significant opportunity in 2015 for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to share expertise and experience, forge new partnerships and define a coherent, global vision of the roles of forests and forestry in sustainable development.

Spaces are limited and we are expecting great demand, so take advantage of the Congress’s “early-bird” rates by registering before 30 June 2015. Special prices are available to citizens of South Africa and eligible countries.


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Celebrating Earth Day 2015 17 April 2015

FAO Goodwill Ambassador and American jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater will highlight the importance of forests at the annual Concert for the Earth in Italy which takes place this Sunday, 19 April in Rome.

Bridgewater will speak about the need to protect the world’s natural resources and ecosystems before her performance at the concert to mark this year’s Earth Day, which is officially celebrated on 22 April.

Eva Müller, Director of FAO’s Forestry Department, will also underscore the multiple benefits of forests and show this year’s International Day of Forests video spot before Bridgewater takes the stage.

“We are delighted that Dee Dee Bridgewater will perform at the Concert for the Earth to help highlight the critical role of the world’s forests in sustainable development,” Müller said.


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13 April 2015 Norway and FAO have signed a NOK 35m (around $4.5m) partnership agreement to improve the capacity of developing countries to monitor and report on their forest resources and changes in forest area. The project will facilitate countries' access to earth observation data sources, including satellite imagery, and develop an easy-to-use platform for processing and interpreting this data. [more]
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]
On International Day of Forests, Asia and the Pacific needs to stop for a breath of fresh air 20 March 2015

Bangkok, Thailand: With pollution levels off the charts in some Asian cities and haze from forest fires blanketing much of Southeast Asia, this year’s International Day of Forests on 21st March reminds us what’s at stake if countries don't get more serious in dealing with deforestation and climate change, an official at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.


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Celebrating the International Day of Forests with the Special Ambassador to FAO for Forests and the Environment, HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium 20 March 2015

His Royal Highness Prince Laurent of Belgium visited Cabo Verde from 18 to 22 March for the celebration of the International Day of Forests at Serra Malagueta. Prince Laurent paid courtesy visits to H.E. President of the Republic, Prime Minister, Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development and President of the City Chamber of Maio. This was also an opportunity for the Special Ambassador to FAO for Forests and the Environment to visit forestry projects across the islands. He visited the Higher School of Agricultural Science and Environment where he also met students from the University of Cabo Verde and held a conference to advocate for FAO’s important work in supporting countries in the challenging context of climate change.


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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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Unasylva journal: Forests, trees and disasters 12 March 2015

On the occasion of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, FAO's Forestry Department published a new edition of its Unasylva journal focusing on the impact of disasters for forest-dependent communities.This double issue examines the ways in which forests and trees can best be managed both to resist shocks and to protect from shocks. The articles cover a range of natural and human-induced disasters and crises including typhoons, fires, earthquakes, war and the Ebola virus public health emergency, all of which are closely interlinked with forests and the environment.


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Non-Wood Forest Products Update: Bushmeat, people and forests 4 March 2015

In this first issue for 2015, we tackle bushmeat, or the harvesting of wild animals from forests for food and non-food purposes (medicine, culture, recreation). Bushmeat has long been a part of the diets of forest dwellers as an important source of protein, micronutrients, fats and also fibre and is increasingly consumed in urban areas. It is also an important source of income for many communities.


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Wildlife partnership launches bushmeat sourcebook 3 March 2015

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day. The sourcebook examines bushmeat’s vital contribution to food security, local livelihoods, and other aspects of human well-being in many parts of the world. It also shows, however, how unsustainable harvesting can affect the ecological stability of forest ecosystems, as well as human health. "The sourcebook represents a valuable awareness-raising tool, which will help bring attention to key facts," said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Chair of the CPW and Executive Secretary of the CBD. "It also shows us how indigenous peoples and local communities can play a positive role in helping to sustainably manage our valuable wildlife resources.


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Toward sustainable forest management in the Kyrgyz Republic 27 February 2015

The more a country knows about its forests, the better it can manage and protect them for future generations. With this in mind, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic sought assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, through a Technical Cooperation Programme project, to strengthen national capacities to monitor and assess the country's forest and trees resources in an integrated land use approach.

The project was carried out in partnership with the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry and with additional funding from the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the Swiss-Kyrgyz Forestry Support Programme. More than 50 staff from the Department of Forest, Hunting and Ground Inventory received training on national forest management assessments. A national forest vegetation and land use classification system for remote-sensing surveys was developed. In addition, FAO and the department worked closely to store and manage information from the forest and land assessments and published findings in both Russian and English on the state of the country's forests and natural resources.


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FAO conference on the economics of climate change mitigation highlights the role of forests 27 February 2015

How best to mitigate climate change and curtail global warming is now an established debate. With a new climate change regime expected to emerge from the upcoming UNFCCC's Climate Change Conference in Paris in November, forestry may gain the limelight in climate mitigation discussions. The significant mitigation potential forests have to offer has been highlighted by a recent UN FAO-led international conference on the economics of mitigation options in the forest sector.


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XIV World Forestry Congress - call for events 27 February 2015

Don’t miss the extended deadline of 13 March to apply to organize an event at the forthcoming XIV World Forestry Congress, 7-11 September 2015, in Durban. We welcome proposals for side events, networking events, launches, performances or regional events that will help share experiences, showcase the latest developments and innovations for forests and forestry, and increase opportunities for dialogue at the Congress.


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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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last updated:  Friday, January 9, 2015