19 December 2022 The contribution of forest foods to food and nutritional security is greatly underestimated, according to a new report on the Congo Basin issued today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Living in and from the forests of Central Africa is based on a decade of work across central Africa and the Congo Basin, which is home to 130 million people, many of whom still depend directly – just as their ancestors did – on non-wood forest products (NWFPs) such as game, fruit, seeds, roots, insects and fungi for nutritious food and overall well-being. [more]
15 December 2022 High in India’s Himalayas, a unique purple rice is cultivated by small-scale farmers whose communities believe this food - known as "forbidden rice" because it was once consumed only by royalty - brings protection if planted around the family home. The hairless apricot of Kyrgyzstan’s remote Batken region, Himali black lentils - a traditional Nepali pulse rich in iron, protein and vitamins - and Bolivian black amaranth, a seed high in protein, are other examples of unique mountain foods that not only pack a nutritional punch but which also illustrate the close connection between local producers, their cultures and their particular mountain landscapes. [more]
15 December 2022 Taking gender issues into account can improve sustainable wildlife management while addressing inequalities and improving livelihoods, according to a new factsheet by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW). [more]
14 December 2022 Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by FAO today. The increase was mainly boosted by the continuous economic growth in Asia, a recovering housing market in North America and scaling up of the bioenergy targets. [more]
12 December 2022 Maryam Farzami of Afghanistan has won FAO’s International Mountain Day #MountainsMatter photo competition. Her photo of an Afghan mother holding her infant daughter was taken in a remote mountain village in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. [more]
11 December 2022 People across the world are celebrating mountains and the extraordinary diversity and cultures of mountain peoples today, 11 December, to mark International Mountain Day. [more]
9 December 2022 The Republic of Korea will host the XV World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Seoul in 2021, it has been decided by the 155th Session of the FAO Council in Rome. Held every six years and organized by a host country with support and co-sponsorship from FAO, the WFC is the most significant gathering of the global forestry community. The Congress serves as a forum for governments, universities, civil society and the private sector to exchange views and experiences and to formulate recommendations for implementation at national, regional and global levels. [more]
8 December 2022 Some 100 participants from countries including Cuba, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Tunisia have been training in the application of innovative software that will help them monitor the state of their forests and ultimately help to tackle deforestation and climate change. [more]
7 December 2022 Whether you are new to the crucial concept of gender mainstreaming in forestry programmes and policy, or simply looking for practical guidance, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new publication designed to help forestry officers in developing gender-responsive actions. [more]
6 December 2022 FAO presented the Voluntary guidelines for agro-environmental policies before ministers and representatives of Latin American and Caribbean countries in a side event during the COP13 meeting currently being held in Cancun, Mexico. [more]
6 December 2022 Work on a core set of common and concise indicators to measure progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Strategic Plan of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) made a big step forward during meetings in Rome involving around 90 experts and representatives from the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and other stakeholders. [more]
6 December 2022 FAO has received over 345 photos from 57 countries for the #MountainsMatter photo contest, which asked people to capture the diversity of mountain culture in pictures. Organized in the run-up to International Mountain Day on 11 December, the aim of the contest is to help promote the vast array of mountain identities and ensure that indigenous rights are recognized and traditional ways endure. The six finalists in the contest are now open to the public vote to choose an overall winner on FAO’s Facebook page. Vote for your favourite entry by 19 CET on 11 December. [more]
5 December 2022 A new survey of Zambia’s forests is expected to be a key tool in the government’s response to relieve the drivers of very high rates of deforestation, which threaten not only the food security of the population of this Southern Africa nation but also its wildlife and its renowned biodiversity. Conducted by the Zambian forestry department with technical support from FAO, the survey shows unsustainably high rates of timber extraction, triggering calls for urgent action. [more]
1 December 2022 FAO releases a new video drawing attention to the plight of the world’s dryland forests and the 2 billion people who depend on them. The video will be made available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. [more]
28 November 2022 Agroforestry has a key role to play in helping the world adopt sustainable agriculture and contrast climate change, according to a high-level conference hosted by FAO today. [more]
28 November 2022 Over 100 experts and representatives from the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) are gathering in Rome to consider important indicators that will help in assessing whether countries and institutions are on track to meet forestry targets within the Sustainable Development Goals and other global processes. The two-day session at FAO headquarters aims to contribute to a framework of global indicators to enable countries, international processes and institutions to measure progress in meeting those targets. [more]
Gerhard Dieterle elected as ITTO’s next Executive Director
24 November 2022 ITTO’s governing body, the International Tropical Timber Council, elected Gerhard Dieterle as ITTO’s new Executive Director by consensus at its 52nd session in Yokohama on 12 November 2016. Dr Dieterle won the position from a strong field of six candidates and after deliberations on the matter at two previous Council sessions. [more]
23 November 2022 The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today launched a new publication that will help countries in Africa and elsewhere trace timber from forest to consumer as part of wider efforts to crack down on illegal logging and promote the legal timber trade. The publication, Traceability: A management tool for enterprises and governments , was launched today in Kigali at the 16th Meeting of Partners of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership. [more]
16 November 2022 A groundbreaking map of restoration opportunities along Africa's Great Green Wall has been launched at the UN climate change conference, based on collection and analysis of crucial land-use information to boost action in Africa's drylands to increase the resilience of people and landscapes to climate change. [more]