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. 

 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...] 


 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 
- 6th Mediterranean Forest Week -

Click here or on the picture to download it


 COFO 24 side event: Towards a harmonized global approach for managing Forest Invasive Species
(insect pests, diseases and plants)

Friday 20th July, Ethiopia room (C 285/9), 13:00-15:00 hours

Click here for the concept note & agenda

Inaugural meeting of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia (REUFIS) 

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]

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:  Thursday, July 4, 2019