Mountain and Watershed Management

FAO has been engaged in watershed management, forests and water and sustainable mountain development  since the 1970s. The Mountain and Watershed team of the  Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division  is responsible for carrying out activities in these thematic areas

The Mountain and Watershed team provides technical assistance for the design and implementation of field projects, supports international processes and prepares technical guidance and information products. It has a strong presence at field level, especially in Africa, Near East, Central Asia and Latin America.


Forestry News

African Union Commission and FAO step up support to Great Green Wall initiative 5 February 2016 Addis Ababa – In an agreement signed today, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have further strengthened their partnership in support of the Great Green Wall initiative, Africa’s flagship initiative to combat land degradation, desertification and drought. According to the agreement, FAO will support the AUC through a special hub that will provide assistance in coordination, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, resource mobilization, knowledge management for the implementation of Action Against Desertification, a new project in support of the Great Green Wall initiative. [more]
NWFP Update newsletter: Trees and bees 4 February 2016 Read the latest issue of the NWFP Update newsletter on the relationship between trees and bees from the FAO Forestry non-wood forest products team. [more]
Explore interactive map in fight against illegal logging 12 January 2016 A new interactive map gives users the chance to explore over 100 projects around the world that are working to tackle illegal logging and strengthen forest governance. Users can discover stories, photos and videos featuring people involved in the projects, which are searchable by country, theme and organisation, as well as detailed information on the objectives and progress of each initiative. Produced by the European Union (EU), the map features projects taking place under the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. As one of the world's largest consumers of timber products, the EU adopted the FLEGT Action Plan in 2003 to prevent illegal timber from entering the European market and to improve the supply of legal timber.The Action Plan focuses on strengthening sustainable and legal forest management, improving governance, and promoting trade in legally produced timber. FLEGT projects are funded by the EU, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), Germany's Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and other organizations. [more]


last updated:  Monday, February 8, 2016