Sustainable financing for forest and landscape restoration

More than USD 300 billion are needed per year to restore the world’s degraded land in order to achieve a new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target by 2030, according to a new publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. The joint discussion paper was launched at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, December 2015.



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 175: Global guidelines for the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes in drylands These guidelines , published in collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency will support urgently needed restoration efforts in the world’s drylands. Drylands cover nearly half of the earth’s land surface and are home to one-third of the global population. The first of their kind, the guidelines target policymakers and other decision-makers, and practitioners. They present the essential components for designing, implementing and sustaining restoration initiatives and outline a range of actions. These include on-the-ground activities such as habitat protection, assisted natural regeneration, sand-dune stabilization and planting, as well as policy improvements, financial incentives, capacity development, and continuous monitoring and learning. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 174: Towards effective national forest funds National forest funds (NFFs), which channel about US$12-13 billion in developing countries, have become an important institutional mechanism for improving the financial architecture and governance of forestry in recent years. They are already in operation in about 55 countries and more are in preparation. Despite this growing interest, there is little understanding of how NFFs work or how they could be better designed and operated. This publication addresses the information gap. Based on a detailed analysis of how different NFFs actually operate and what constraints they face, it endeavours to assist policymakers and forest practitioners in establishing and managing such funds effectively. [more]

From the regions

Asia and the Pacific

Mainstreaming gender into forest policies in Asia and the Pacific A new FAO and RECOFTC report aims to understand how gender perspectives are being integrated in the forest policies of eight countries: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Accompanying policy briefs highlight the key challenges for women’s participation in forestry and outline recommendations to promote gender mainstreaming further in forestry. [more]


Nature & Faune Vol 30 Issue 1 2016 This edition of Nature & Faune is a special issue to mark the International Year of Soils. The journal features short articles that address the central theme: "Sustainable soil management: an indispensable need for environmentally-sound food security in Africa". [more]

Near East

Forests and Climate Change Working Paper - 09 [more]


Europe and Central Asia

State of Europe's Forests 2015 The 4th edition of the State of Europe’s Forests report has been coordinated and compiled by FOREST EUROPE’s Liaison Unit Madrid in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Forest Institute (EFI), the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the University of Hamburg (UHH). The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section played a valuable role in the collection, processing and reviewing of part of the information included in the report. [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, December 17, 2015