FAO Forestry Papers

The FAO Forestry Paper series is FAO’s main series in forestry. Most volumes are published in several languages.

FAO Forestry Paper 180: Making forest concessions in the tropics work to achieve the 2030 Agenda: Voluntary Guidelines The specific objective of these Voluntary Guidelines is to promote the sustainable management of public production natural forests in tropical countries through forest concessions, thereby fulfilling their potential contribution to the achievement of Agenda 2030. Forest concession regimes are treated here as forest policy instruments, and should be aligned with the sustainable forest management objectives agreed by countries in the UNFF. The current Guidelines intend to serve as guidance for making forest concessions an effective economic instrument of forest policy in the context of the 2030 Agenda, transforming them into an instrument capable of delivering sustainable forest management in all its dimensions, and generating socio-economic benefits to relevant stakeholders. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 179: National socioeconomic surveys in forestry Adequate information on the socioeconomic contributions of forests to household welfare, livelihoods and poverty reduction is key to national sustainable development in the post-2015 agenda. While awareness is growing regarding the multiple roles of forests in these aspects of sustainable development, the lack of systematic data in many countries limits an evidence-based demonstration of this. Lacking reliable information, forests and forestry are not always adequately considered in the development of national policies. This sourcebook is intended to help improve data collection on aspects of forests relating to household welfare and livelihoods. It offers practical guidance and measurement tools that can be included in existing social or socioeconomic surveys undertaken by a country’s national statistical office, or in independent national surveys. [more]

From the regions

Asia and the Pacific

Forests and trees supporting rural livelihoods: case studies from Myanmar and Viet Nam In Myanmar and Vietnam the political framework is conducive to support the allocation of forests to farm communities and private households, to facilitate community and farm forestry and to support the establishment of community forestry user groups and enterprises. The main crops planted in both countries are rice and maize. In Myanmar most crops are used for subsistence purposes, in particular in Chin State. In Vietnam about two thirds of the planted crops are sold in the market. In the provinces included in the survey the agricultural area available for each person in Myanmar was found to be four times larger than in Vietnam, while the forest area per person was four times smaller. [more]


Benin: government agency blazes a trail for traceability Tracing wood back to the forest it came from is essential to eliminating illegal logging. The National Timber Office of Benin (ONAB), with assistance from the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme, established an innovative traceability system for its teak plantations that helps prevent illegal logging, transport or sale of state timber. ONATRACK uses smartphones to send real-time information from the forest to the office, and uses barcodes to track the timber. This is a first step to demonstrating that timber is produced legally, and will eventually increase market access for the small and medium enterprises that process and export state timber. The system is so successful it is now used in all state plantations in Benin, positioning the country as a traceability leader in West Africa. [more]

Near East

Drylands Monitoring Week 2015 This flyer offers an overview on the main outcomes of the five-days workshop "Drylands Monitoring Week 2015": a roadmap for collaborative action in the drylands, and the “Rome Promise”. [more]


Europe and Central Asia

Main French Facility for Global Environment project publications This is a bibliography of the main French Facility for Global Environment project publications. [more]

Latin America and the Caribbean

An overview of the actual and potential impacts of climate change on forests and forest dependent people in six Caribbean countries - Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. The paper also examines the major issues and developments related to climate change impacts and responses in the region as regards forests and highlights related opportunities for regional action to address gaps and needs. [more]
Provides a synthesis of experience and achievements in the financing of forest management in 19 Latin American countries. [more]


last updated:  Thursday, March 21, 2019