Forests cover 31 percent of the world's land and are fundamental to life on our planet.

Home to more than half of the world’s land animal and plant species, forests are a direct source of food, income and shelter for millions of people, and provide energy for heating and cooking for 2.6 billion. Forests are key to mitigating climate change, absorbing carbon dioxide from the air, storing more than half the global carbon stock in soils and vegetation and regulating rainfall. If sustainably managed, forests are also a source of renewable raw materials, helping to build an economy which allows nature to regenerate.

Through its Forestry Programme, FAO seeks to restore forests, improve the lives of forest-dependent people, and support countries to manage their forests in a sustainable way. FAO’s work is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, creating more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind.

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Forestry at FAO

The Forestry Division leads FAO’s work in promoting the sustainable management of forests and balancing economic, social and environmental interests in landscapes surrounding them. It liaises with member countries, partners, civil society and the private sector to encourage more effective policies for management and to strengthen the role of forests in reducing the effects of climate change and helping humanity to adapt to them.

The Division also collects, analyses and shares information on the world’s forest resources and the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products. The Committee on Forestry and six regional forestry commissions guide FAO in its technical forestry work.

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Bee on flowers
20/05/2024
Castel Porziano/Rome – Marking World Bee Day 2024, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) QU Dongyu today urged young people to learn more about bees and pollinators, including traditional and high-tech beekeeping, and thus help to safeguard the vital role these small creatures play in agriculture, ecological balance, and biodiversity preservation.
Leroy Ignacio, Whitley Award, Red Siskin Songbirds ©Chung Liu
15/05/2024
Guyanese conservationist and co-founder of the South Rupununi Conservation Society Leroy Ignacio has won a prestigious Whitley Award for his outstanding grassroots conservation work in Guyana’s Rupununi region.  
FAO Director-General addresses High-Level Segment of 19th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests
09/05/2024
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, today addressed the 19th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF19).
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New York (United States)

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
08/07/2024 - 17/07/2024

Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions.

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65th Session Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries
21/07/2024

The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) is a FAO statutory body composed of senior executives from the private industry...

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27th Session Committee on Forestry
22/07/2024 - 26/07/2024

The biennial sessions of COFO bring together high-level representatives, heads of forest services, government officials and partner organizations...