Mountain and Watershed Management

Fouta Djallon Highlands - Photo © Thomas Hofer/FAO

FAO has been engaged in sustainable mountain development, watershed management and forest hydrology since the 1970s. The Mountain and Watershed team of the Forestry Department is responsible for carrying out activities related to the three thematic areas: sustainable mountain development, watershed management and forests and water.

The Mountainand Watershed team provides technical assistance for the development and implementation of field projects, supports international processes, and produces publications. It has a strong presence in the field in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 


Forestry News

Countdown to the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 1 July 2015 Find out how forests have changed over the last 25 years when the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2015 is launched at the XIV World Forestry Congress. Updated every five years, the world’s foremost global forest data assessment shows the state of sustainable forest management, and what percentage of forests has been lost or gained and at what rate, along with other trends. The survey shows data by country, worldwide, by region, sub-region, income category and climatic domain. [more]
Publication: FAO Yearbook of Forest Products 2013 30 June 2015 Published in 6 languages, the FAO Yearbook of Forest Products is a compilation of statistical data on basic forest products from over 100 countries and territories of the world. It contains data on the volume of production; and the volume, value and direction of trade in forest products. [more]
Stabilizing Nepal’s mountain slopes to help farmers return to their fields 22 June 2015 Since the earthquakes in Nepal , some farmers have noticed water disappearing into the ground, leaving just-watered terraces suddenly dry. Certain springs have dried up while others have suddenly filled with water. Irrigation channels have emptied, after earth walls collapsed. Landslides have swept away crops, roads and irrigation channels, and cost lives. As well as the distribution of seeds and animal feed supplements, FAO is looking at ways of increasing the resilience of Nepal's most vulnerable farmers to future crises. In particular, in order to avoid landslides, options include planting deep-rooted trees and bushes, installing cages full of stones - known as gabions - to fix highly unstable soil. [more]

last updated:  Monday, June 1, 2015