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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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Enter the TREEHOUSING International Wood Design Competition 10 June 2015

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and DBR | Design Build Research School are now seeking entries for TREEHOUSING, an international wood design competition in the context of the XIV World Forestry Congress. Housing for the world’s growing urban population and the threat of deforestation are two of the most significant issues facing humanity today. TREEHOUSING challenges architecture students, professional architects and designers to develop innovative and sustainable wood housing and urban building solutions. Entries close 15 August 2015.


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Conference: Forestry for improved livelihoods 9 June 2015

Nairobi, Kenya: The African Farm/Family Forestry Producer Organizations Conference starts today. Organized by the International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA) in close collaboration with the Forest and Farm Facility, FAO, the Kenya Forest Service, the African Forest Forum, We Effect, FLEGT, the Great Green Wall Initiative, PEFC, the Forest Action Network and the Farm Forestry Smallholder Producers’ Association of Kenya, this conference is designed to discuss and share experiences of locally controlled forestry with a special focus on family farm tree growing groups and their national organizations/federations.


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Video: Join the Wildlife Forum at the World Forestry Congress 8 June 2015

The Wildlife Forum will address the challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, showcasing the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector. In this short video, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management present some of the many issues that will be discussed in Durban, South Africa, on 9 September 2015.


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Video: Celebrating forest innovation on World Environment Day at the World Expo 5 June 2015

The World Expo has always been a showcase for state-of-the-art building, science and technology. Ever since the Eiffel Tower was constructed as the gateway to Paris’s World Fair of 1889, people have looked to the World Expo as a source of inspiration. The Austrian pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan demonstrates how the pavilion’s ‘green’ architecture could serve as a model for cities of the future. It also demonstrates the importance of forests, not only to the people of Austria but to people across Europe and the world: in providing food, timber and energy; regulating the climate and sustaining biodiversity; and creating jobs, while also giving us green spaces where we enjoy a wide range of recreational activities.


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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]
XIV World Forestry Congress launched in South Africa 1 June 2015

The Government of the Republic of South Africa, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, today officially launched the XIV World Forestry Congress, which will be held in Durban, South Africa from 7 to 11 September this year. The first World Forestry Congress to be held on the African continent since its inception in 1926, will emphasize people-centred forestry, socioeconomic issues, and the role of forests, trees and forestry in national economic development.


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News from the XIV World Forestry Congress 28 May 2015

News and latest updates on preparations for the largest forestry event of 2015. This will be a 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.

Find out more about early bird registration, key speakers, side events, exhibitions, social media events and other opportunities to participate in the Congress.


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Enter the Forests and People photo contest to win a trip to the World Forestry Congress 26 May 2015

Enter the Forests and People Photo Contest to help raise awareness about the importance of forests for people today and for generations to come. All entries should feature both forests (or forest products) and people. The prize for the winner will be a trip to the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa. The winning photograph and 15 runners-up will also feature in a XIV World Forestry Congress calendar.


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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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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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last updated:  Friday, January 9, 2015