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 176: Forty years of community-based forestry Since the 1970s and 1980s, community-based forestry has grown in popularity, based on the concept that local communities, when granted sufficient property rights over local forest commons, can organize autonomously and develop local institutions to regulate the use of natural resources and manage them sustainably. Over time, various forms of community-based forestry have evolved in different countries, but all have at their heart the notion of some level of participation by smallholders and community groups in planning and implementation. This publication is FAO’s first comprehensive look at the impact of community-based forestry since previous reviews in 1991 and 2001. It considers both collaborative regimes (forestry practised on land with formal communal tenure requiring collective action) and smallholder forestry (on land that is generally privately owned). The publication examines the extent of community-based forestry globally and regionally and assesses its effectiveness in delivering on key biophysical and socioeconomic outcomes, i.e. moving towards sustainable forest management and improving local livelihoods. The report is targeted at policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, communities and civil society. [more]
FAO Forestry Paper 175: Global guidelines for the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes in drylands These guidelines , published in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs 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]

From the regions

Asia and the Pacific

Land Cover Atlas of Pakistan: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas Nature & Faune Vol 30 Issue 1 2016 This Land Cover Atlas of Pakistan: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province & Federally Administered Tribal Areas provides a comprehensive description of the biotic and abiotic resources of the province and includes numerous categories of cultivated land; natural vegetation and non-vegetated areas including bare and rocky areas, and areas of human settlement. The LCCS approach also captures the physiographic characteristics of the region. The atlas is illustrated at a district and agency level, providing land cover information in aggregated and cartographic form as well as tabular statistics per class per district and agency for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). [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

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

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:  Monday, July 18, 2016