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XIV World Forestry Congress - abstract deadline extended 29 January 2015

The call for abstracts for the XIV World Forestry Congress has been extended and you now have until 6 February 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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Zimbabwe EU-FAO forestry project receives EU equipment handover 28 January 2015

The European Union today handed over motor vehicles and equipment worth USD 600,000 to the Government of Zimbabwe to support four ongoing EU funded projects coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and jointly implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe and their partners. The forestry project, Forest Forces, is implemented in four provinces and seeks to improve food security and income of vulnerable rural communities through participatory and sustainable forest management, value addition to forest products, and diversification of livelihood strategies


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Strengthening the role of forest and farm producers 28 January 2015

This week, family farmers, community foresters, and Indigenous Peoples from Asia, Central America and Europe will kick start the process of exploring synergies between their interests on forest and farm policy. The meeting brings together winners from the Forest and Farm Facility’s call for proposals to strengthen the role of forest and farm producer organizations at the regional and global level.

They include the Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, the Mesoamerican Alliance of People and Forest, the Global Alliance for Community Forestry, the International Alliance of Tribal People of Tropical Forests, and the International Family Forestry Alliance.


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Strengthening criteria and indicators – important tools for sustainable forest management 23 January 2015

Criteria and indicators (C&I) are crucial tools to promote and demonstrate sustainable forest management. This was the message of a global expert workshop, held 15-16 January 2015 at FAO Rome, Italy. The experts identified three areas of work for forest indicators - strengthen effective monitoring and reporting of forest contributions to Sustainable Development Goals and targets, UNFF and relevant Rio Conventions; further develop practical C&I tools for different user groups and purposes; and contribute to cross-sectoral sustainability assessments across different land uses.


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Publication | Talking about forests and family farms 22 January 2015

This publication summarizes the conversation that took place at the Family Forestry is Family Farming event co-organized by the Forest and Farm Facility and the International Family Forestry Alliance. The conversation testifies to the power of cooperation between forest-and-farm families and governments in preparing fertile ground. With contributions from participants from Finland, Sweden, Kenya, Mexico, Liberia, Nepal, Gambia and elsewhere, this publication highlights the role of forest-and-farm producer organizations and governments in helping to overcome challenges faced by smallholders in forested landscapes.


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XIV World Forestry Congress - last call for abstracts 22 January 2015

Don't miss the fast approaching deadline - Friday 30 January 2015 - to submit your abstract 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.

We welcome abstracts for papers, posters and – for the first time – video presentations on the central theme of the Congress, “Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future”, and on relevant topics that also align with any of the six Congress sub-themes.


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Drylands Monitoring Week at FAO 19-23 January 19 January 2015

Drylands cover more than 40 percent of the world’s land area. Almost a third of the world’s population and some half of the global livestock are found here. Degradation is widespread and climate change is likely to make matters worse. Yet dryland trees, forests and agrosilvopastoral systems can play a major role in improving environmental sustainability, productivity and resilience. This week, FAO, in conjunction with the World Resources Institute, IUCN and support from EU-ACP and GEF, is holding back to back workshops on the monitoring and assessment of drylands. Restoration is both a compelling need and a major opportunity but effective monitoring is necessary to increase visibility and seek greater investment in drylands.


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What makes forest and farm producer organizations more effective? 15 January 2015

The European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) is calling for papers to showcase examples of initiatives, policies and strategies that support forest and farm organizations in the forthcoming issue of ETFRN News.


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Promoting sustainable forestry every month 13 January 2015

Out now from the Forest Communicators Networks - the 2015 calendar featuring images from around the world. The regional Forest Communicators Networks are networks of committed people from organisations within the forestry sector who come together to share information, contacts and experience. They discuss how they can best coordinate their messages and their communication initiatives on a regional level and share best practices.


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last updated:  Friday, January 9, 2015