Forest health

Abiotic and biotic disturbances have major impacts on the health and vitality of the world’s forests and can result in substantial economic and environmental losses. They can have adverse effects on tree growth and survival, yield and quality of wood and non-wood products, wildlife habitat, recreation and scenic and cultural values. Global climate change is exacerbating these impacts and there is still major uncertainty about the interactions between disturbance, climate change and forests.

Please browse our website to find more information on global forest health issues and how FAO is working to address them. 


Protecting oak trees for future generations
in Europe and Central Asia

REUFIS Webinar - 26 November 2020, 11:00-13:00 hrs CET

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Webinar - 29 July 2020, 10:00-11:30 hrs CET
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 Invasive beetle threatens forest and fruit trees

The Food Chain Crisis has recently published a flyer on the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB). The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) is an ambrosia beetle (Coleoptera: Curculeonidae: Scolytinae) native to Asia, together with its fungal symbiont Fusarium euwallaceae. PHSB attacks agricultural and forestry crops, street and garden trees, as well as several native tree species [read more...] 

Annual REUFIS meeting 2019

The focus of 2019’s capacity building workshop & expert meeting was: “Invasive species on nut trees and their management”. The opening of the workshop was delivered by Mr Yalcin Akin, Regional Director, Bursa Regional Directorate of Forestry [...more]

Regional Forest Invasive Species Networks

FAO has helped establish regional networks dedicated to the issue of forest pests, primarily forest invasive species, and the forest sector. These networks aim to facilitate the exchange of information and the mobilization of [...more]

Improving forest health in the Mediterranean and Near East Region  

Outbreaks of forest pests damage 35 million hectares of the world’s forest annually (FAO, 2010). From this figure, over five million hectares were reported from the Mediterranean region alone, which represent [...more]


last updated:  Wednesday, November 25, 2020