FAO appoints Prince Laurent of Belgium as Special Ambassador on Environment and Forest
23 June 2014 Rome – Food and Agriculture Organization says that countries need to put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy.Today in Rome, FAO has opened the 22nd Session of the FAO Committee for Forestry (COFO) which runs from the 23 to the 27 of June. Prince Laurent of Belgium was present at the meeting and has been appointed Special Ambassador to FAO for Forests and the Environment in order to help raise awareness about the issue. FAO’s flagship publication, The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO), has also been released today. The report finds that the socioeconomic benefits of forests are often not adequately addressed in forest and other relevant policies, despite their enormous potential to contribute to poverty reduction, rural development and greener economies. The role of forests in food security is also often overlooked, but it is essential says FAO.
FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva
H.R.H. Prince Laurent of Belgium (in French)
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department (in Spanish - 8.58 to 16.31 in English)
Ewald Rametsteineris a Senior Forestry Officer with FAO. In the following interview he explains further about the socio-economic benefits of forests and forests products and elaborates on emerging issues within the forestry sector.
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