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

Enter the #MountainsMatter video contest 25 September 2017 To bring attention to the plight of mountains for International Mountain Day (11 December), we are asking you to make a one-minute video on the theme of ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration’ for the #MountainsMatter video contest. Almost one billion people live in mountain areas and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation and natural disasters, which in turn affects mountain peoples, exacerbating hunger and forcing migration. Help tell these stories in the #MountainsMatter video contest. Winners will receive a trip to Rome to see their videos screened at the International Mountain Day concert. [more]
Forest communicators urged to use science-based facts to fight fake news 20 September 2017 Facts are vital tools for communicators striving to help the public understand critical issues such as climate change and the forest sector, according to a session on communication during the 125th Anniversary Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). [more]
Greater awareness needed of forests’ contribution to SDGs, says FAO Forestry ADG 19 September 2017 The contributions made by forests towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not fully explored and understood but FAO and partner organizations are working towards addressing this, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry Hiroto Mitsugi said Tuesday. [more]


last updated:  Wednesday, May 11, 2016