It is our pleasure to send you the first edition of inFO news for 2013 and the first in its new format. The aim of inFO news is to introduce some of the work of FAO Forestry that we think will be of interest to the global forestry community. We hope you enjoy the new format and look forward to receiving your feedback. – The inFO news team

 21 March, the International Day of Forests: a 42-year journey

In the architecture of the United Nations’ international days there was a notable gap: forests. Despite covering 31 percent of the world’s surface and providing humankind with innumerable valuable services and goods, they were absent from the global calendar. It was time for their contributions to be recognized officially ...

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In Memoriam: Michelle Gauthier, FAO Forestry Officer

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing last week of our dear colleague, Michelle Gauthier, who championed urban forestry and agroforestry as important means for improving the livelihoods of millions of peoples ...

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Forest news

Global plan to conserve forest genetic resources recommended

At its 2nd session, from 23–25 January 2013, the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources recommended that the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture develop a global action plan for the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources as a follow-up to The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources, to be published soon. Read more

Good progress on INC-Forests

Good progress was made in Antalya at the first meeting of the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe; the second meeting of this session will be held in St Petersburg in April and negotiations will be concluded at the Fourth Session in Warsaw in June. Some aspects, such as whether the agreement will come under the UN umbrella, are still to be decided.Read more

Turning learning online: Agroforestry for Food Security and Climate Change webinar

An online learning event in February on agroforestry for food security and climate change, co-organized by FAO’s Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture, helped exchange knowledge on the role of agroforestry in food security in the face of climate change. It generated recommendations for agroforestry policymakers using the newly published Advancing agroforestry on the policy agenda – a guide for decision-makers and provided inputs to the conference on forests for food security and nutrition, to be held in Rome this May. Read more 

´╗┐Regional news

65 years of joint UNECE-FAO work on forests and timber

65 years of joint forest activities between FAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe were celebrated last December with the signing of a Partnership Agreement. This agreement recognizes the need for a coordinated response to the challenges of climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management and will guide cooperation of FAO and UNECE into the future. Read more 

Integrated food production systems recommended at agro-environmental workshop

A project workshop in Brazil on family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean has recommended the integration of food production systems – crops, cattle and forests – and the revision of public policies to support this. Governments, the private sector and civil society discussed the contributions of family farms and the many benefits for forests and people of agro-environmental practices. Read more

Upcoming meetings and events

Third Mediterranean Forest Week, Tlemcen, Algeria, 17–21 March 2013 and celebration of the International Day of Forests

Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW) is a platform to promote dialogue between the Mediterranean forest research community, policymakers and other stakeholders. Among other things, this year’s MFW, in Algeria, will celebrate the first International Day of Forests. A parallel event to mark the day will be held at FAO HQ involving the Director-General and members of the Rome-based diplomatic community. Read more

FAO HQ Rome celebrates the International Day of Forests - 21 March

FAO Forestry is organizing an event at FAO HQ in Rome involving FAO’s Director-General, permanent representatives to FAO, government officials and FAO senior officers. The event, on forests and landscapes, will highlight the multisectoral value of forests and present two new publications: Forests and Water: International Momentum and Action and Towards the Assessment of Trees Outside ForestsRead more

International Day of Forests, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 21 March

The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section together with the United Nations Office in Geneva is organizing a high-level policy talk on the contribution of forests to sustainability and development. Read more

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last updated:  Thursday, March 28, 2013