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Press Release 01/49

FORESTRY EXPERTS DEBATE CENTRAL THEMES AND ISSUES FOR FIGHTING HUNGER AND POVERTY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT


Rome, 4 September 2001 - How to manage forest resources to fight poverty and food insecurity is the key topic at an international forum of forestry experts which opened today in Tuscany, Italy.

Policy-makers and experts from numerous international agencies, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations are discussing ways and means of strengthening capacity of forestry institutions to reduce poverty, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

"A major purpose of this Forum is to generate integrated approaches to reduce poverty through sustainable forest management," according to Mr. Hosny El Lakany, FAO Assistant Director-General (Forestry Department ). "If successful, the findings from the Forum should help make technical and financial assistance more effective in creating benefits for the poor from sustainably managed forest and tree resources."

The Forum brings together the experience of practitioners from a number of agencies that are involved in forestry programmes and activities and committed to addressing poverty reduction. It encourages participants to identify concrete ways in which forest policy, legislation and programmes can be reframed to address poverty alleviation more effectively. The Forum is examining the linkages between forests, poverty and food security and offers insights for better forest policy implementation as a contribution to the forthcoming World Food Summit - five years later (WFS- fyl), FAO said.

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For further information please contact Salah Al-Bazzaz, 0039 06 5705 6328, or e-mail salah.albazzaz@fao.org.


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