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.
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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...]
Now available: "Guide to the classical biological control of insect pests in planted and natural forests"
Thursday 4 April, Brummana - Lebanon, 13:00-13:15 hours, Afrah room
The technical part of the network meeting will focus on the relation between Climate Change and Invasive Species, as well as the topic of invasive species in Europe and [...more]
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]
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]
Dr. Shiroma Sathyapala
Forestry Officer (Forest protection and health)
FAO HQ - Forestry Department
Tel: +39 0657053373
- Abiotic disturbances and forest health
- Invasive species: impacts on forests & forestry
- Climate change and forest health
- Biosecurity in forestry
- Global review of forest pests and diseases
- Managing forests for climate change
- Guide to implementation of phytosanitary standards in forestry
- Country pest overviews
- Forest health projects (completed)
- Selection and breeding for insect and disease resistance
- Forest health available information