On International Day of Forests, FAO launches new forest and water programme
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21 March 2016--- March 21st is the International Day of Forests and the theme this year focuses on forests and water. Eight out of ten people in the world are faced with high levels of threat to water security. According to the last Global Forest Resources Assessment report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, forests have an important role to play in protecting our water. On this international day FAO is launching a new programme aimed at enhancing the critical role of forests in improving water quality and water supplies.

Opening address by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
10min. 26sec.

(00:00) Keynote address by Abdeladim Lhafi, High Commissioner for Water, Forests and Desertification control, Kingdom of Morocco (in French); (10:33) Keynote address by Ivan Valentik, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Head of the Federal Forestry Agency, Russian Federation; (23:31) Presentation by René Castro, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department; (31:28) Forests and Water in Practice by Bernardete Neves, Natural Resources Officer, Land and Water Division.
39min. 40sec.

Closing remarks by Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director-General Operations.
04min. 27sec.

Elaine Springgay, Forestry Officer with FAO in Rome, explains more on this year's theme. (Interview conducted by Sandra Ferrari)
04min. 30sec.
Topic(s): Biodiversity, Environment/Natural resources, Forestry
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11638