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

Focus on Forests Action Day in Paris 30 November 2015 Tuesday December 1 is Forest Action Day, the first in a series of Focus Days under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda that are being held during the UN Climate Change Conference. The Day will focus on policy approaches and actions to reduce deforestation and degradation, reducing emissions from forests and building global partnerships for deforestation-free development Hosted by the Republic of Peru, opening speakers include the President of the Republic of Peru, Ollanta Humala Tasso, HRH Prince of Wales, and the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal. In four sessions, senior government ministers, scientists, and representatives from civil society and the private sector will address current progress and plans for taking forward the implementation of existing commitments. In the first session, high-level representatives from Brazil will describe how the country has made significant investments in policy and actions to reduce deforestation in the Amazon and reduced deforestation in the Amazon biome by 82% while also reducing poverty. A distinguished panel from Indonesia will discuss the challenges of deforestation and degradation in Indonesia, including new initiatives in improving peat swamp sustainable management and the recurring forest fire issues. Tackling rural poverty while reducing forest emissions in Africa will be addressed by speakers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon, followed by country and NGO representatives from the Latin American region who will showcase collaborative partnerships, policies and measures to reduce forest-based emissions. In the fifth and final session, Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General will participate in a panel discussion on how to build effective global partnerships for development without deforestation. [more]
Calling for events at Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016 27 November 2015 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its partners invite people interested in, and committed to, sustainable forest management in Asia and the Pacific to come together for Asia-Pacific Forestry Week in Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines, 22-26 February 2016. Held in conjunction with the 26th Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission, APFW 2016 is expected to be one of the largest and most important forestry gatherings in the region in 2016. The Week is designed to encourage broad participation and capture the synergies of running many events under a single umbrella. Organizations with an interest in Asia-Pacific forestry are invited to run their own partner events during the Week. Don’t miss this important opportunity for your organization. Event applications close 15 December. [more]
Making forest concessions work to sustain forests, economies and livelihoods 24 November 2015 This week, over 20 experts from the FAO, the International Tropical Timber Organization, the Brazilian Forest Service, the Center for International Forestry Research and the Centre de Coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement are joining forces to improve forest concession policies and practices, particularly for tropical production forests. Awarding forest concessions has been the primary means of allocating timber harvesting rights to the private sector, particularly in tropical forests. Industrial forest concessions have a poor track record over the years, but there are some successful examples. Simplicity, stability and transparency from government authorities, and independent certification of the concession area are probably some of the fundamental factors for success. Well-managed forest concessions have the potential to sustainably deliver both direct and indirect environmental and social benefits to the community. The joint initiative will provide practical guidance to countries in the design, implementation and evaluation of forest concession systems. Other outcomes will include a policy brief, identification of research priorities and proposals to influence political dialogue at the international and regional levels. Participants include experts from the partner organizations plus concessionaires and independent professionals. [more]


last updated:  Monday, September 7, 2015