Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Natural resource management


Online Expert Consultation on “Global Forest Resources Assessment: Towards FRA2025”

The Global Forest Resources Assessment programme (FRA) of FAO is a continuously improving process; each assessment is an upgrade of the former one as the information needs change, new and better data become available and new methods and technologies can be applied. FRA has received technical guidance and support from international specialists through expert consultations organized by FAO, with the support of the Government of Finland, at regular intervals over the last three decades. This online expert consultation is of paramount importance for providing relevant input and guidance for the next FRA2025.

Consultation: Proposed Principles for Ecosystem Restoration

In the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the FAO-led Task Force on Best Practices partnered with the IUCN´s Commission on Ecosystem Management and the Society for Ecological Restoration to jointly develop nine principles for ecosystem restoration.

You are invited to share your feedback on the proposed principles by taking the global survey that has been developed for this purpose. The survey will remain open until 19 July 2021.

The final principles and descriptions will be released in early September and will be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties meeting.

Follow this link to complete the survey:

SURVEY - Taking Stock of Global Capacity for Ecosystems Restoration

To prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021-2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. When the strategy guiding this UN Decade was launched in September 2020, it was accompanied by a general survey, designed to assess what individuals already knew about restoration – and how they would like to be involved in the movement.

However, to accomplish the world’s ambitious restoration goals by 2030, individual and voluntary action is not enough. There is a need to strategically strengthen capacities of those stakeholders already involved in restoration. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration has launched a new online survey “Taking Stock of Global Capacity for Ecosystems Restoration” to identify what and whose capacities need to be enhanced to achieve the goals of the Decade.

The survey was jointly developed by a coalition of 38 organizations, under FAO’s leadership, and aims to: 1) provide a baseline of existing capacities; 2) help identify strengths, gaps, needs and barriers to achieving global restoration goals, and 3) guide the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’s system-wide capacity development efforts, to the benefit of all involved. 

You are encouraged to take this survey regardless of whether you have or have not participated in the previous general survey. This survey is aimed at everyone involved in ecosystem restoration. 

The survey is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian, and will take about 15 minutes to complete.

The survey will remain open until 15 April 2021 and can be accessed here

Reports and briefs

FAO Strategy on Mainstreaming Biodiversity across Agricultural Sectors

The FAO strategy on mainstreaming biodiversity was approved at the FAO Conference in 2019, in view of preparations for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The Strategy aims to mainstream biodiversity across agricultural sectors at national, regional and international levels in a structured...

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Reports and briefs

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028

The fifteenth joint edition of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook provides market projections for major agricultural commodities, biofuels and fish. The 2019 report contains a special feature on the prospects and challenges of the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Survey on Effective Environmentalism

As part of an international research collaboration on environmental cause prioritization, the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) of the Leiden University is conducting a short, anonymous survey among experts in either biodiversity & ecosystems or agriculture & food security. The survey aims to rank different environmental challenges based on their importance for either of these two fields.

Please follow this link to take part: 

It takes about 11 minutes to complete, and consists of 3 sections: 1) general information (this page), 2) the main questionnaire, and 3) a captcha. The progress bar is shown on top.

A summary of the survey results will be published at a later date.

For any questions or feedback, please contact Laura Scherer ([email protected]).

Thank you for your valuable contribution to our research!

FAO flagships

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report, prepared under the guidance of its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, is the first one to analyze the state of plants, animals and micro-organisms that support food and agricultural production – at genetic...

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