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

Championing rights and fair compensation for forest communities in Ghana 16 August 2017 Ghana’s work to promote the legal timber trade in partnership with the European Union (EU) places a strong emphasis on involving local communities who live in or near forests. Yet farmers and communities do not always understand their rights, which means that illegal activity by loggers has gone unchecked in Ghana’s off-reserve forests. The FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme supported a non-profit association, Sustainable Forest Management Partnership-Ghana, to increase awareness among farmers of their right to negotiate compensation when logging damages crops on their land. The project successfully fostered understanding among farmers and local communities of their entitlements, and also helped loggers better grasp their own responsibilities under the law. The project contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by improving local livelihoods and strengthening forest governance by increasing transparency. [more]
FAO-EU FLEGT Programme launches new call for concept notes in VPA countries 3 August 2017 The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is now accepting concept notes from government institutions, civil society, indigenous and tribal peoples, and private sector organizations in countries engaged in Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) with the European Union. Grants up to USD 110 000 are available through the Programme to support ongoing VPA processes in targeted countries. Eligible applicants are invited to submit concept notes before 15 September 2017. [more]
Wildlife and protected area management survey: Deadline 1 September 26 July 2017 To establish priorities and develop a work plan for the next biennium (2018-19), FAO is conducting a global survey with government counterparts, experts from international and national institutions, partner organizations, and internally with FAO staff, to take stock of past work on wildlife and protected area management and to assess the needs for future work. [more]


last updated:  Wednesday, May 11, 2016