FAO organized a successful Eastern Africa subregional workshop on forest products statistics in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, 1-3 December 2013. The workshop focused on improving and enhancing statistical capacity of national forest products statistics in the region.
25 November 2013 Strengthening forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, said FAO today at the International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations in China. [more]
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the November issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Costa Rica 7-10 April 2014: The forthcoming International Forumwill highlight the importance of developing and implementing Payment for Environmental Services mechanisms in tropical countries and recommend effective actions at local, national and international levels. Jointly organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization; FAO; and the National Forest Financing Fund of Costa Rica; the meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Costa Rica.
Warsaw: The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative is a pan-African programme launched in 2007 by the African Union to address land degradation and desertification, enhance resilience of local communities to climate change and improve their livelihoods. With the support of the European Union, FAO, the World Bank, the Global Mechanism and the Global Environment Facility, this initiative is a game-changer for Africa. This side event at the 19th session of COP/UNFCCC offers an opportunity to inform the international community and African countries on the results achieved so far and to discuss the way forward.
Rotorua, New Zealand -- The forest sector across Asia and the Pacific has enormous untapped potential to increase the prosperity of countries, industries and improve the livelihoods of millions. But to achieve that, greater, coordinated efforts are needed by forest managers, governments and the private sector.Leading forestry experts and policy makers from 33 member countries are attending the 25th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) to consider ways and means of making the region’s vast forests more productive and prosperous, while ensuring the sustainability and health of these natural resources.
In 2007 the United Nations Forum on Forests adopted the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests, commonly known as the Forest Instrument. This international consensus was reached to boost the implementation of sustainable forest management.
This publication describes the approach and the lessons learned from its application in pilot projects in over ten countries since 2008 and makes recommendations on how to implement the Forest Instrument.
FAO, ITTO and ATIBT release a White Paper on wood processing in the Congo Basin to bring together a series of reflections and suggestions for the development and implementation of strategies to develop the forest industry in the Congo Basin.
Developed in collaboration with United Nations agencies, civil society and other organizations, the Forests Challenge Badge is designed to help educate children and young people about the vital role that forests play in sustaining life on Earth. The challenge badge can be used by teachers in school classes, youth leaders and especially Guide or Scout groups.
The Youth and United Nations Global Alliance was created to generate collaborative initiatives between United Nations agencies and other organizations and civil society organizations working with young people.
23 October 2013 Governments from Africa’s main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, FAO said today following an international wood industry meeting in Brazzaville. [more]
23 October 2013 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have joined forces to promote viable forestry investment and innovation in the Russian Federation’s Far East based on sustainable use of forest resources. [more]
The FLEGT Action Plan ensures legality of timber - from harvest in the tropical rainforest of the Congo Basin, to consumption in the European Union. Through the conclusion of Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the EU, timber producing countries commit to assuring legality of their timber. Cameroon is among the first countries in the process of turning its stated commitment into effective action. FLEGT licenses issued under the VPA will assure consumers that the timber they are buying is legal.
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the October issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
In May 2013, FAO, in partnership with Bioversity International, the Center for International Forestry Research , the World Agroforestry Centre and the World Bank, hosted the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. This meeting, the first of its kind, was attended by experts from governments, civil society, indigenous and other local communities, donors and international organizations from more than 100 countries. This new policy brief summarizes the key issues and policy recommendations from the conference.
Legal tropical timber products have become unequivocal consumer demands the world over. The EU-FAO programme, the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process is largely about meeting this demand by improving the supply of legal timber. It represents a significant breakthrough in the global battle to protect forest resources with an unprecedented collaboration between producing and consuming countries – in this case the European Union – to tackle the illegal timber trade. Robert Simpson talks about the global relevance of FLEGT.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is joining forces with the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM), a non-profit organization based in Italy specialized in agricultural, nutritional and environmental research, to elevate the position of mountain forests on the European and international agenda.
The 19th Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC) opened on 30 September 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia. Created in 1959, the AFWC is a platform for directors of forestry and wildlife to discuss regional and global issues and policies on sustainable forest and wildlife management. In his opening statement, Namibia's Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. John Mutorwa, said “Although we are proud of the fact that Africa is endowed with a huge number and variety of fauna and flora, it is regrettable that it is also our region which is leading in losing natural resources, especially forests”.
Ecuador has demonstrated a high commitment to global efforts to mitigate climate change, by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promoting the conservation and sustainable management of forests and carbon stocks, said FAO today. This effort has been recognized by Norway and Germany who signed an agreement of payment to Ecuador for reduced forest carbon emissions. (Spanish)
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the September issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Fourth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership took place in Erzurum, Turkey from 17-19 September 2013. Participants addressed the new Mountain Partnership strategy and governance plans; the inclusion of mountains in post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals; a knowledge platform for sustainable mountain development and the sharing of regional coordination mechanisms. The meeting brought together approximately 100 participants representing governments, academia, research institutions, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.
17 September 2013 Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world's forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest managers. [more]
The multiple-value of forests has long been appreciated and used by forest-dependent people in the tropics. Explicitly managing for some or all of these values - multiple-use forest management - is stipulated in the laws of many countries, but its formal implementation in the tropics is thought to be rare. This paper reports on three regional assessments carried out to identify and draw lessons from initiatives in the Amazon Basin, the Congo Basin and Southeast Asia.
Ministers in charge of forests and wildlife from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted the Convergence Plan for the Sustainable Management and Utilization of Forest Ecosystems in West Africa at a meeting held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. FAO provided technical support for the preparation of the Plan, in collaboration with the ECOWAS.
The effects of climate change on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and further impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short to medium term. These guidelines will assist forest managers to better assess and respond to climate change challenges and opportunities through policies, management plans and practices.
Published jointly with the International Institute for Environment and Development, this practical guide is intended for government policy-makers, private sector or civil society stakeholders concerned with forest governance and tenure reform.
The FAO Governance of Tenure Technical Guides are part of FAO’s initiative to help develop capacities to improve tenure governance.
Ms Tiina Vähänen has been selected as Associate Secretary-General of the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC), which will be held in Durban, South Africa, from 7-11 September 2015. Ms. Vähänen is a Finnish national and has 17 years of professional experience in the forestry sector, including employment in the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, CSD Secretariat in New York, UNFF/DESA, FAO HQ and UN-REDD Secretariat in Geneva. She most recently was Senior Climate Change Officer and Team Leader in NRC where she was in charge of UN-REDD, coordinated the FAO corporate contributions to the international climate change agenda including to UNFCCC, and contributed to the development of the new strategic framework of FAO. For more information see: http://www.fao.org/forestry/wfc/en/
12 August 2013 FAO recently introduced new mapping technologies in Uganda that will help the country generate better forestry statistics and land cover maps. FAO's innovations permit efficient processing of satellite images and do not require any large financial investments to implement. [more]
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the July issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The 2013 FAO Survey of World Pulp and Paper Capacities 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.
18 July 2013 When village people and local authorities in southern Niger won back over hundred hectares of degraded land, they added one extra piece to a mosaic being laid across the Sahel and the Sahara aimed at tackling desertification and land degradation. [more]
28 June 2013 A new online platform launched by FAO will allow countries to improve the assessment of forest volumes, biomass and carbon stocks. This data is crucial for climate change research and mitigation activities, such as increasing the carbon stock in forests through reforestation, and bioenergy development. [more]
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the June issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
16 May 2013 Governments, civil society and the private sector should ensure and strengthen the contributions of forests, trees and agroforestry systems to food security and nutrition, said participants in the first-ever International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition (13-15 May), organized by FAO. [more]
13 May 2013 Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May). [more]
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the May issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
22 April 2013 The first Global Plan for Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources was adopted last week by FAO's Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Commission has asked FAO to ensure mobilization of adequate financial resources for its implementation, particularly in support of developing countries. [more]
Follow the work of FAO Forestry and its partners in the April issue of inFO news, a regular news bulletin published by the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
8 April 2013 A new free online course is helping to ensure safe international trade by highlighting the important role of phytosanitary measures in cross-border trade of forest products. The course was developed by FAO, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat and other partners and launched during the 8th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures. [more]
21 March 2013 On the first International Day of Forests, celebrated by the United Nations today, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva proposed that countries support a Zero Illegal Deforestation target in the context of the post-2015 debate. [more]
5 February 2013 Millions of people could escape poverty, hunger and environmental degradation if countries put more effort into promoting agroforestry, an integrated approach combining trees with crops or livestock production. A new guide published by FAO provides ten major tracks for policy action as well as examples of best practices and success stories. [more]