8th World Forest Week

Growing a better planet

Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 29/09/2022 - 07/10/2022


The 8th World Forest Week (WFW2022) featured a series of inspiring events bringing FAO Member States, a range of partner organizations, leaders, science and youth to discuss a broad range of topics at the margins of the 26th Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO26).

As in previous years, the World Forest Week provided participants and partner organizations with a unique opportunity to exchange, connect, showcase best practices and actions on the ground, and to contribute from the forest community to the global international debate on forestry and environmental issues. Events organized during the World Forest Week were hybrid, organized/co-sponsored by Members, partner organizations (including the Collaborative Partnership on Forests) and FAO.

WFW2022 was structured around the priority areas outlined in the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 with its vision of a sustainable and food secure world for all, in the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. FAO seeks transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Consumption of primary processed wood products predicted to grow 37 percent by 2050

FAO publishes global forest sector outlook 2050, assessing future demand and sources of timber for a sustainable economy.

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©FAO/Kenichi Shono
How sustainable forest management can enhance the world’s biodiversity

Protecting the animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms that thrive in forests must become a fundamental goal of sustainable forest management worldwide.

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US Forest Service Northern Region
Investing in a sustainable future means investing in youth

Youth must be given the skills to shape evolving forestry sector, FAO Director-General says.

©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti
26th Session of Committee on Forestry opens

The world must halt deforestation and use forests and trees sustainably, QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, said today.

FAO releases reports on deforestation, grazing and farmer field schools

Government role crucial to producing more food while protecting forests, Halting deforestation report says.

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A Karamojong pastoralist man takes his goat cattle to graze next to the village of Kochunoi, Uganda ©FAO/Luis Tato

Three papers on sustainability through forests and trees launched at FAO-GLF forum.


More investment is needed to build knowledge and skills of family farmers and small producers.


It is possible to transform the global food system so that agriculture and forests both grow, rather than one growing at the expense of the other.


Global collaboration on innovative open software and data supports sustainable forest management.


The Earth Negotiations Bulletin will provide daily updates as well as a comprehensive summary and analysis following the conclusion of the meeting.


Thursday 29 September 13:00-17:00 CEST Online

Explore and learn how forests can help transform global agrifood systems.
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Monday 3 October 09:30-10:30 CEST Plenary Hall

QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General; HRH Princess Basma bint Ali, FAO Goodwill Ambassador for Near East and North Africa; Cécile Ndjebet, 2022 Wangari Maathai Champion; and youth representative Analí Bustos. Read more

©FAO/Valerie Wayte
Indonesia's plans for carbon-positive forests by 2030

Tuesday 4 October 08.15-09.45 CEST Sheikh Zayed Room
Launch of the State of Indonesia's Forests 2022, highlighting the important role of Indonesia's tropical forests in tackling global climate change.
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©Deanna Ramsay

Tuesday 4 October 12.45-14.15 CEST Red Room
Raising awareness of the transformative potential of the forest sector.
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US Forest Service Northern Region

Tuesday 4 October 18.00-19.30 CEST Red Room
Showcasing initiatives to support career development through improved human resource practices, policies, vocational training and education. Read more

©FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas

Wednesday 5 October 08.15-09.45 CEST Red Room
Current trends in planted forests and their expansion as an essential nature-based solution. Read more

©FAO/Lara Steil

Wednesday 5 October 12.45-14.15 CEST Red Room
Promoting integrated fire management at scale including for sustainable food systems. Launch Pad: The key role of forest and landscape restoration in climate action. Read more

©FAO/Kenichi Shono

Thursday 6 October 08.15-09.45 CEST Red Room
Sharing good practices that balance conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity.
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Thursday 6 October 12.45-14.15 CEST Red Room
What are the forest socioeconomic contributions to decent work and sustainable growth? Read more

©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

Friday 7 October 10.00-11.15 CEST Red Room
Relevant, accurate and transparent information on forests contribute to better reporting, policy formulation and decision-making. This event will highlight a range of digital open-source innovations from FAO. Read more

©FAO/Issifou Aboudoumisamilou

Friday 7 October 11.15-12.45 CEST Red Room
Financing national and local stakeholders for actions to halt deforestation and implement sustainable forestry.
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Search the programme to find speakers, venues, webcast links and other information on all WFW events, Committee on Forestry sessions and other meetings. All WFW events and COFO sessions will be webcast in six languages.

Overview of the week


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HRH Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan calls for renewed efforts on behalf of forests

Analí Bustos calls for more opportunities for young people to enter the forestry sector

Past World Forest Weeks