FAO - Info news 27 - A newsletter from FAO Forestry


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  • Editorial - Investment in forestry is an investment in people


Tiina Vahanen, Associate Secretary-General, XIV World Forestry Congress

When the world’s foresters and forest supporters come together for the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, in September, they will have a unique opportunity to highlight the urgent need to give forests credit for the true value they provide... Read more


XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa  7-11 September, 2015 , Last call for events: deadline closing 27 February.

Applications to organize an event related to the Congress's central theme or six sub-themes are still being accepted. The Congress organizers welcome proposals for side events, networking/regional events, launches or performances.

View more details here in English, French and Spanish.



  • Economics of climate change online conference gets off to a strong start


FAO Forestry’s Eva Muller opened the Economics of climate change mitigation options in the forest sector online conference, by recalling forest and forest products’ key role in the global carbon cycle and in carbon emissions reduction, and the less-understood economics behind these dynamics. 

Fifty technical presentations, including more than 30 country case studies, panel and plenary discussions, will provide a good international platform for sharing diverse insights and experiences.

Read more on theEconomics of climate change mitigation options in forest sector online conference, and view the video of Eva Muller, Director, FAO Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division, delivering her opening remarks on 6 February.The conference proceedings will be available in March 2015. 


  • Experts produce outline for increasing sustainable use of wood energy 

Traditional and modern wood energy use can be a factor and/or driver of rural development, food security, climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management, experts at an FAO meeting noted. Sharing and recording good practices and experiences as part of a holistic value-chain approach, and promoting sustainable wood energy in international forestry-related processes, including at a special XIV World Forestry Congress event, are the proposed next steps.

Read more on the expert meeting on wood energy organized by FAO Forestry in Rome on 10 February 2015 and attended by experts from the Center for International Forestry Research, FAO, French Development Agency, German Development Agency, Tropenbos International and the World Agroforestry Centre.


  • New online forum to increase capacity in legal preparedness for REDD+ and sustainable forest management  

One priority of countries and stakeholders engaged in REDD+ Readiness is to have sound legal preparedness and a knowledge of REDD+ legal reforms to ensure successful programme delivery. To support this process, FAO Forestry and the FAO Development Law Service have developed an online discussion forum for the exchange of experiences in a “community of practice” on REDD+law and sustainable forest management.

Sign up for the online forum on Legal Preparedness for REDD+, being run in English, French and Spanish, and scroll down the Committee on Forests 21 webpage for more information on the 25 September 2012 side event on Legal preparedness for REDD+ exploring needs and sources of expert support, whose success led to the creation of the new forum.


  • Collect Earth: using satellite imagery to increase capacity in agrosilvopastoral systems monitoring and assessment 

Monitoring and evaluation experts of the “Action Against Desertification” project have increased their capacity in monitoring agrosilvopastoral systems and developing a baseline assessment, following FAO-organized training in the use of Collect Earth, an Open Foris initiative tool for analyzing freely available satellite imagery. This sharing of experiences and methodologies concluded with the customization of the tool to meet the project’s monitoring needs.

Read more on the presentations, tools and conclusions of the FAO capacity building workshop on Baseline assessment and ongoing monitoring of agrosilvopastoral systems with Collect Earth, in support of the “Action Against Desertification” project within the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel initiative, held at FAO headquarters from 12–16 January. Also visit the Collect Earth website. 



  • The Rome Promise: a better deal for drylands and dryland communities


A new collaborative network and a dynamic roadmap to advance comprehensive drylands monitoring and assessment are the pledges embodied in the Rome Promise, the key outcome of the FAO-hosted Drylands Monitoring Week 2015. Experts identified new opportunities for accelerating related action on drylands, an area covering 40 percent of global land mass, for the benefit of dryland users. 

Read more on the Rome Promise on monitoring and assessment of drylands for sustainable management and restoration and on the presentations and results of Drylands Monitoring Week 2015. The two workshops were organized by FAO, the World Resources Institute and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with funding support from the Global Environment Facility and the European Union within the framework of its cooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.



  • Expert Group meeting concludes with options for the future International Arrangement on Forests

Members of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) gathered in January for a second meeting to discuss the review of the IAF, including, among other things, the future of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, (CPF) of which FAO is the chair. FAO and other CPF members contributed to the discussions, which resulted in a series of recommendations and options for the future IAF that the United Nations Forum on Forests will consider at its 11th Session in May.



Read more in the advance unedited report of the second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests, 12–16 January 2015, held in New York, which FAO’s Eduardo Rojas and Eva Muller attended, and also read the position paper "Views by CPF members on the future of the CPF" (22 December 2014). More information can be found on the United Nations Forum on Forests IAF webpage.



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