Collaborative Partnership on Forests

Forest view in Armenia

Working group on sustainable forest management

The CPF Working Group on Advancing a Common Message on Sustainable Forest Management was established in February 2010. The group  agreed on the following objectives:

  • Clarification of the concepts to achieve a common understanding.
  • Development of common messages on SFM and key issues.
  • Provision of a CPF response through joint activities on information and guidance for implementation of SFM in practice.

In 2012, the Working Group released a set of eight fact sheets on relevant SFM aspects: multiple functions of forests, primary forests, food security and livelihoods, Indigenous Peoples, REDD-plus, biodiversity, gender and adaptation to climate change.

Take a SFM quiz to learn more

What is the definition of sustainable forest management, or SFM?
The UN General Assembly defines SFM as a “dynamic and evolving concept, which aims to maintain and enhance the economic, social and environmental values of all types of forests, for the benefit of present and future generations”.

What are some of the ecosystem services that forests provide?

  • Provision of food
  • Filtering and storing drinking water
  • Improving air quality
  • Providing timber, pulp and other raw materials
  • Providing medicines and materials for pharmaceuticals
  • Providing spiritual and cultural enjoyment

How much forest area is there per capita?
0.6 hectares (about one football field).

How has forest area per capita changed between 1960 and today?
There is only half as much forest available per capita today as in 1960.

What is the estimated value in global trade of wood and wood products?
210 billion USD.

What percentage of terrestrial biodiversity is estimated to live in tropical forests?
More than 50 percent. 

How much forest is being lost globally every day?
About 35,600 hectares (about one football field per second), or 13 million hectares per year. See SFM fact sheet on  primary forests.

How many persons belonging to Indigenous Peoples are estimated fully depend on forests for their livelihoods?
60 million.  See SFM fact sheet on  food security and livelihoods.

In what ways do women in poor forest communities depend on forests?
Women are the primary users of forests and rural landscapes, harvesting products such as fodder, fuelwood, medicines and foods, to provide needed food shelter and medicines and income for their families. See SFM fact sheet on  gender.

How much land is covered by forests?
About 4 billion hectares (one third of all land).