New edition of Infosylva



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Welcome to this new edition of Infosylva. The 23rd Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) opens its doors at FAO Headquarters in Rome on Monday, 18 July and will be in session through Friday, 22 July. The session will coincide with the Fifth World Forest Week (WFW). The rich programme with more than 60 events aims to help “shape a new agenda for forests” in order to strengthen the role of forests and sustainable forest management in the achievement of the SDGs as agreed in Paris in 2015. See the COFO 23 alert in English and the programme on the COFO 23 website



in EnglishSpanishFrenchArabicChinese and Russian for details. Webcast of the opening

The newly published FAO publication, Moving Forward 2014-15: Selected Achievements of the FAO Forestry Programme in 2014-15, provides an in-depth look into the work of FAO Forestry under the framework of its new strategic objectives. These objectives stem directly from FAO’s mandate to eradicate hunger globally and to feed an increasing world population by making agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable while conserving precious natural resources. (In English, Spanish and French)

The widespread destruction of mangroves along the coastlines of Australia is related to climate change. It is feared that wider ecosystem disturbances will emerge as a consequence.  (In English and French)



With at least one-third of the people living in Mexican forests reportedly belonging to indigenous communities, Mexican authorities are increasingly recognizing the vital role these communities can play in protecting the biodiversity of forests. (In Spanish)

Two months after the ravaging fires at Fort McMurray in Alberta that destroyed hundreds of hectares of forests, life seems to be emerging again as birds nest among the burnt trunks and new green sprouts emerge from the roots. (In French)


Romanian forest authorities are creating a legal framework to inventory and protect the remaining virgin forests in the country, which covering about 200,000-300,000 hectares are reportedly the largest in Europe. (In English)

And interested professionals, technicians and researchers won’t be discouraged by the 30-60 minute survey, Understanding the Forest-Water Nexus that aims to create a monitoring tool for global forest-water relationships. The survey can be completed online until the end of the month. (In English)


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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

"At a time when many countries are beginning their gradual deconfinement and when there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of returning to normal life, I wanted to share with you some good news that also fills us with hope for the future of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park."

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Resources and follow-up from the virtual FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Roundtable

Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.

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ATIBT -CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany

ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.

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Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders of forest management in the Congo Basin interested in participating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standards development process.

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Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

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22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

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