The role of data in sustainable forest management
©FAO/Ivo Balderi
21 March 2014, Rome – Today marks the second annual International Day of Forests. FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, gave his address earlier today FAO headquarters in Rome, remarking on the importance of forests and the dangers of neglecting them and those who sustain them. Often those who benefit from the forestry sector are removed from the impact these natural resources have on our lives. From their role in maintaining global climatic equilibrium, protecting our soils, regulating the water cycle, preserving biodiversity, providing livelihoods and providing food for forest-dependent peoples, forests serve as a source for valuable, renewable materials. And strong policy decision-making that would support the forestry sector, as always, comes from solid information.

Speech from FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva for the International Day of Forests.
7min. 39sec.

Erik Lindquist is a Forestry Officer with FAO. In the following interview he will elaborate on what FAO’s recent land cover data report says about the state of the world’s forests and what this data says about the priorities issues and concerns for forests.
3min. 20sec.
Topic(s): Food Security, Forestry
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari
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