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Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit 23 September 2019

Putting the world's eyes in the skies to work to improve human lives and combat climate change is now easier thanks to an overhaul of the Food and Agriculture Organization' innovative geospatial monitoring system.


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A Great Green Wall for Cities 21 September 2019
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Director-General Qu Dongyu today announced the Great Green Wall for Cities initiative that aims to support nature-based solutions to climate change.

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Putting forests first: Tanzania brings trees and green learning into the classroom 12 September 2019

FAO and Tanzania launched a new initiative this week to teach children about the importance of managing forests sustainably in order to safeguard natural resources.


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FAO Yearbook of Forest Products 26 August 2019

FAO has released a new edition of its Yearbook of Forest Products, which compiles production and trade statistics on basic forest products including wood, wood fuel, charcoal, pulp and paper across the globe.


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No sustainable development without indigenous peoples 9 August 2019

For years, the importance of indigenous peoples in the fight against deforestation, land degradation and climate change was overlooked and even denied, to the detriment of the environment and the food systems on which we all depend. Thanks to the global advocacy of indigenous peoples and their organizations, this tendency is changing--though not fast enough.


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International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem: why and how we need to save mangroves 26 July 2019

Amid growing concern over deforestation, there is relatively little awareness of one of the more alarming aspects of this trend – the decline of the world’s mangroves.


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Experts tackle problems behind loss of dryland forests at FAO headquarters 17 July 2019

Experts from 20 countries gathered at FAO headquarters in Rome last week to discuss the sustainable management of the world’s drylands, which hold the potential to contribute to the food security, livelihoods and resilience of millions of people.


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A thriving forest product boosts family farmers’ incomes 16 July 2019

In the northern regions of Viet Nam, forestry and agriculture provide livelihoods for nearly 80 percent of the population. However, nearly half of all households own less than one hectare of land, which often prevents farmers from earning the income they need.


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The Government of the Principality of Andorra supports the Mountain Partnership 12 July 2019

The Department of Agriculture of Andorra has agreed to offer strategic support to the Secretariat of the Mountain Partnership, officially becoming a ‘Champion for Mountains’.


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New map can help improve forest restoration to fight climate change 5 July 2019

New, open-source maps, developed by a team of scientists and FAO experts, show where degraded lands and forests could be restored to help fight climate change, but only if countries act quickly and develop realistic targets.


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Training course focuses on landscape approach in mountains 2 July 2019

The landscape approach for enhancing mountain resilience will be under discussion at the 2019 International Programme on Research and Training on Sustainable Management of Mountain Areas (IPROMO) in Ormea and Pieve Tesino, Italy, from 2 to 18 July.


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Benefits of fast-growing trees in the spotlight at FAO Conference 27 June 2019

The FAO Conference has approved new language expanding the scope of the International Poplar Commission, which focuses on the use of trees to boost sustainability.


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Health and safety first for the world’s forest workers 26 June 2019

As the men and women responsible for harvesting approximately 3.5 billion cubic metres of wood each year, the world’s forest workers face various challenges, including potential exposure to a range of accidents and illnesses.


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Satellite imagery key to monitoring changes in forest cover and land use 25 June 2019

Forestry experts from across Indonesia are meeting this week on the island of Bali to develop capacities to monitor changes in forest area and land use through the use of satellite images.


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New tools to assess, expand and empower community-based forestry launched at Asia Pacific Forestry Week 21 June 2019

Two new publications containing tools to help policymakers assess community-based forestry were launched this week at the Asia Pacific Forestry Week in Incheon, Korea.


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Robust and coordinated action needed to save Asia-Pacific’s forests – new UN FAO report 18 June 2019

Incheon - Forests in the vast Asia-Pacific region are facing a serious threat as primary forest cover is now only 19 percent of total forest area – the lowest level of any region worldwide, a major gathering of forestry stakeholders heard today.


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Asia-Pacific forest communicators gear up to communicate sustainable forest management to journalists 17 June 2019

Communicating effectively about forestry to the media and the wider world was the focus of a communication workshop attended by 25 participants from 11 countries as part of Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Incheon, Korea, this week.


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Remote sensing plays key role in assessing status and change in forest area 30 May 2019

Forestry experts from across Brazil are meeting in Belem this week to develop national capacities to collect data on forest cover and land-use change using satellite images.


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Launch of the UN’s Decade of Family Farming to unleash family farmers’ full potential 29 May 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today launched the United Nations' Decade of Family Farming and a Global Action Plan to boost support for family farmers, particularly those in developing countries.


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UN Decade of Family Farming launches in Rome with support from forest and farm producer organizations 29 May 2019

The UN Decade of Family Farming, which aims to bring together the international community to raise awareness of the important contributions of family farming to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was launched today at FAO headquarters in Rome.


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Together for improved monitoring of peatlands 28 May 2019

Representing the most carbon-dense terrestrial ecosystem, peatlands can be found in all climatic zones across 169 countries worldwide.


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Celebrating family farmers’ contribution to Zero Hunger and healthier diets 26 May 2019

Family farmers, who are on the frontline of global efforts to fight undernourishment and other forms of malnutrition and to promote healthy eating, require stronger support amid rising hunger and obesity around the world, the President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said in Rome today.


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Remote sensing plays key role in assessing status and change in forest cover 20 May 2019

Forestry experts from across Mexico are meeting in Akumal on the Yucután Peninsula this week to develop national capacities to collect data on forest cover and land-use change using satellite images.


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Stronger policy support needed to reap the benefits of growing trees near crops 20 May 2019

"Agroforestry isn't a ‘no man's land' between forestry and agriculture and should receive specific policy support," FAO Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo said today.


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African countries work to create incentives for reducing illegal logging through domestic market demands 16 May 2019

Representatives from six African countries are meeting in Abidjan to discuss ways to fight against the illegal timber trade through domestic markets at a two-day meeting supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


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FAO calls for a paradigm shift in landscapes at GLF Kyoto 2019 13 May 2019

A paradigm shift to achieve zero deforestation, restore large areas of forest and reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is required to fulfil Paris Agreement climate change goals, a session at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Kyoto heard toda


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What Migratory Birds Tell Us About Sustainability 9 May 2019

A sign of the passing seasons which many of us have come to expect is, increasingly, under threat. Each year, flocks of migratory birds arrive and leave in dazzling displays, landing in trees and on lakes, ponds and beaches, foraging for food in fields and marshes.


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Collaboration key to strengthening forest governance 26 April 2019

Boosting collaboration between international forest-related initiatives can strengthen forest governance, helping to address climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


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FAO helps to empower forest and farm producers in Kenya 18 April 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Forestry Commission of Kenya launched the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) Phase II in the capital to grant forest and farm producers greater potential to reduce poverty while managing resources sustainably and mitigating negative impacts of climate change.


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Resilient landscapes in the face of climate change and improved livelihoods in Togo 12 April 2019

Today, the partnership between the Government of Togo and FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) was launched to strengthen forest and farm producers in the fight against poverty and to cope with climate change.


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Tree seed systems hold key for restoring forests, landscapes and livelihoods in Africa 11 April 2019

In sub-Saharan Africa, forests and trees sustain livelihoods and nutrition of millions of people. The genetic diversity of trees offers largely untapped opportunities for preventing hunger, alleviating poverty and managing forests sustainably.


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Sida, FAO and ECOWAS join forces to protect West Africa’s forests 9 April 2019

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have joined forces to protect West Africa's forests and help safeguard the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them.


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Assessing the status and changes in tree cover and land use 9 April 2019

With improved access to an ever-growing archive of satellite imagery and new tools to facilitate image processing and interpretation, it is now easier to benefit from the full potential of remote sensing for the assessment of the status and changes in tree cover and land use.


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GFOI Plenary 2019: setting the pace for enhanced forest monitoring systems 8 April 2019

More than a hundred representatives from ministries, agencies, international organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), academia and the private sector are gathering in Mozambique this week for a two day summit on forest monitoring around the world.


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FAO guide outlines how to protect forests from invasive insects 4 April 2019

Bugs such as the Winter moth and Asian Chestnut gall wasp are the bane of valuable trees and the people who rely on and benefit from them.


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Lebanon Hosts the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week 1 April 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is hosting the Sixth edition of the Mediterranean Forest Week (VIth MFW) at the Grand Hills Hotel, Broumana, this week from 1-5 April 2019.


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Producer organizations help set agenda for UN Decade of Family Farming 25 March 2019

Representatives from producer organizations from five continents defined a set of measures to help unleash the potential of small-scale forest and farm producers as part of the UN Decade of Family Farming.


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Children learn to love trees for International Day of Forests 22 March 2019

Schoolchildren learned about the ways in which forests are vital to life on the planet at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome yesterday as part of celebrations for the International Day of Forests.


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On International Day of Forests, FAO announces new forestry education initiatives 21 March 2019

FAO marked the International Day of Forests today by announcing two new forestry education initiatives aimed at raising awareness among children and young people on the sustainable use and conservation of forests.


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Learning to love our forests 21 March 2019

Forests are important – most people would agree. But if we had to explain exactly why, many people would be a little hazy. They would most likely mention paper and that trees clean our air, but would know little about many of the essential benefits of forests.


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Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti to restore over 3 000 hectares of land in 2019 19 March 2019

Countries in Eastern Africa have committed to restore over 3 000 hectares of degraded land this year. The pledge was made in Khartoum where experts and partners of countries supporting Africa’s Great Green Wall initiative discussed ways to boost land restoration in 2019.


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FAO and FSI collect data for global remote sensing survey 15 March 2019

A six days national training workshop is being organized in Dehradun, Uttrakhand from 11-16 March 2019 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Forest Survey of India (FSI) for the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020).


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New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change 1 March 2019

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, declared today by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity.


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Sahel communities equipped to weather climate change 1 March 2019

A well-targeted, efficiently-crafted, and locally-driven climate change adaptation and mitigation measures can improve social and economic conditions, and protect the livelihood of communities of the fragile ecosystems of the Sahel.


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Agroecology a viable solution to vulnerable Sahel 28 February 2019

Highly-vulnerable communities in the Sahel has agroecology as a mechanism to stem the rise of hunger and malnutrition in a region buffeted by increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change.


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Fair price campaign: promoting equitable prices for high value agricultural products 27 February 2019

Members of FAO’s Mountain Partnership, together with key Italian organizations working in social issues, equitable financing and conservation, met at Italy’s Ministry of Agriculture in Rome on Monday to address the challenges in achieving fair prices for agricultural products and encouraging consumers to make more informed choices.


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Putting Forests at the Heart of Sustainable Development 7 February 2019

Senior FAO representatives took part in a high-level international conference today at the European Parliament in Brussels to increase awareness of the diverse social, economic and environmental benefits of sustainably managed forests and to highlight their key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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Solving land degradation hinges on economic development 1 February 2019

Rural communities in Africa’s drylands can earn a decent income from forest products such as gum arabic or tree oils. According to a new report from Action Against Desertification, rural populations have the opportunity to increase their incomes while reversing land degradation through sufficient support and investment, and developing value chains.


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last updated:  Monday, September 23, 2019