Unasylva: at the forefront of debate on forest policy and science since 1947


This year’s International Day of Forests on 21 March sees the release of the 250th issue of Unasylva, FAO’s longest-running periodical. First published in 1947, this forestry journal covers areas ranging from forest policy, conservation and management, products and services, trade and markets, water, biodiversity, climate change, wildlife and forest health, as well as the role of forests and trees in supporting agriculture and livelihoods – in other words, the contribution of forests and trees to sustainable development in general.

In its over 70 years of existence, the journal has represented an influential forum for debate, benefiting from a unique international perspective and featuring articles from every region of the world. The authors of the thousands of articles published include presidents of countries, heads of national forest services, field workers and university professors, as well as experts from a variety of research institutions, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and civil society.

The journal’s content has evolved over the years, with a growing emphasis on sustainability and forests’ environmental and social role, mirroring broader developments and recognizing the intrinsic relationship between various dimensions of sustainable development.

With urban areas growing daily in both area and population, and agricultural and natural resources coming under increasing pressure, the latest issue of Unasylva explores the important linkages between cities and forests. The previous issue covered sustainable wildlife management, also increasingly affected by population growth and the expansion of agricultural, industrial and urban areas.

Published in English, French and Spanish, Unasylva is required reading not only for policy-makers, forest managers and technicians, but also for students, academics, teachers and trainers.