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

Land degradation around the Sahara not yet irreversible, FAO project shows 17 June 2016 As FAO celebrates World Day to Combat Desertification calling for urgent action to achieve a land degradation-neutral world, the onset of the rainy season in the Sahel allows local communities to start planting trees, shrubs and grasses as part of large-scale land restoration efforts organised under FAO’s Action Against Desertification programme, an African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) initiative in support of Africa’s Great Green Wall with the financial support of the European Union. [more]
Understanding the Forest-Water Nexus: a global survey 10 June 2016 The FAO Forest and Water Programme has released a global survey to take stock of the many variables, indicators and methods being implemented to measure forest-water interactions. It has been especially designed to engage researchers, technicians and practitioners who are engaged in measuring and monitoring forest-water relationships related to water quantity, quality, as well as socio-economic and management considerations. By participating in the survey, respondents will contribute to global capacity building on the forest-water topic, and gain access to an international network of forest-water experts. [more]
Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia agree to boost forest communications 8 June 2016 Forest communications experts from nine countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia have agreed to strengthen communications and boost the visibility of forestry issues in the region. Representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation committed to setting up a regional sub group on forest issues of specific relevance to the region within the UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators Network (FCN). The commitment was the result of the first regional workshop on forest communication for countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, which was held in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 1-3 June. [more]


last updated:  Wednesday, May 11, 2016