18 December 2013 Europe's share of global wood markets fell in 2012 due to the economic recession in the region, while North America and Asia-Pacific showed the fastest recovery over the same period, according to new data published by FAO today. [more]
16 December 2013 The Great Green Wall initiative is hosting an international forum to build new partnerships and accelerate progress in tackling one of this century’s defining development challenges – land degradation, desertification and drought. [more]
George, South Africa - Forest resource depletion due to the effects of climate change, forest fires and failing reforestation, as well as sub-standard and wasteful logging and wood-processing practices, are some of the challenges faced by the forestry and wood industry in the countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). In response, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization have joined forces to assist with the development of sustainable forestry and wood-processing sectors in the region.
12 December 2013 The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy was adopted today by the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). [more]
11 December 2013 Securing land tenure, providing access to resources for mountain family farms, and improving basic infrastructure in mountain regions are among the key solutions to improving the livelihoods and food security of mountain and lowland communities, FAO said today. [more]
Rome: On 16 and 17 December 2013, the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD and FAO, under the auspices of the African Union Commission, will hold an international forum to promote a common vision of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative and build partnerships for its implementation.
9 December 2013 European countries are encouraged to apply the principles of a green economy in the forest sector by 2020, FAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said today at the opening of the European Forest Week (9-13 December) in Rovaniemi, Finland. [more]
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.
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]
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.
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
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]
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.
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]