Recent FAO Forestry Publications

FAO Forestry Paper 182: Guide to the classical biological control of insect pests in planted and natural forests Insect pests damage millions of hectares of forest worldwide each year. Moreover, the extent of such damage is increasing as international trade grows, facilitating the spread of insect pests, and as the impacts of climate change become more evident. Classical biological control is a well-tried, cost-effective approach to the management of invasive forest pests. It involves the importing of “natural enemies” of non-native pests from their countries of origin with the aim of establishing permanent, self-sustaining populations capable of sustainably reducing pest populations below damaging levels [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 181: Climate change for forest policy-makers As the impacts of climate change and climate variability become increasingly evident in many parts of the world, the critical role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation has become widely recognized. By acting as carbon sinks and storing carbon, forests make a significant contribution to climate change mitigation. They also play an essential role in reducing the vulnerabilities of people and ecosystems and enhancing their abilities to adapt to climate change and climate variability. [more]
FAO Forestry Working Paper 11: Valuing forest ecosystem services: a training manual for planners and project developers The degradation of ecosystems, including forests, and the associated loss of biodiversity, particularly due to human-induced threats and climate change, has gained increased attention from scientists and policymakers. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment presented a new conceptual framework that puts ecosystem services at the centre and links human well-being to the impacts on ecosystems of changes in natural resources. [more]
FAO Forest Working Paper 10: Small-scale forest enterprises in Latin America: unlocking their potential for sustainable livelihoods During the last three decades many countries in the world improved forest tenure by offering greater recognition of indigenous and community rights to manage forests. In many Latin American countries, the community and smallholder forest enterprises are increasing in number, with some developing strong associations and alliances to promote and sustain their growth. [more]
FAO Forestry Working Paper 8: Agroforestry and tenure Agroforestry is gaining new ground in the quest for climate-smart agriculture practices, due to its ability to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change while increasing the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of rural development. (SDGs) by helpingto eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, support gender equity and social inclusion, provide affordable and cleaner energy, protect life on land, reverse land degradation and combat climate change. [more]
FAO Forestry Working Paper 7: The role of forest producer organizations in social protection Forest and farm producers are the primary producers and suppliers of food, forest products and other resources for domestic consumption and trade in international markets. However, small-scale producers face a myriad of challenges such as insecure land rights, poor access to finance, poor infrastructure, remoteness and isolation from markets and decision-making powers, poor access to information and exploitation by intermediaries. [more]
FAO Forestry Working Paper 6: A diagnostic on social protection needs and opportunities for forest-dependent communities in the United Republic of Tanzania This study is aimed at gaining an understanding of the poverty and vulnerability situation of forest-dependent communities in the United Republic of Tanzania and generating information on the availability of social protection interventions, with a view to identifying pathways for establishing sustainable social protection for these communities. [more]
FAO Forestry Working Paper 5: A review of existing approaches and methods to assess climate change vulnerability of forests and forest-dependent people Until recently, considerably more attention was paid to using forests to mitigate climate change, through the absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, than there was on considering the need to adapt forests to avoid the worst effects that climate change could have on them. The switch from a mitigation-heavy approach to one that considers adaptation in a more balanced manner underscores the need to have approaches to assess the vulnerability of forests to climate change. [more]

last updated:  Thursday, June 13, 2019