Forests: A ‘safety net’ for poor rural people, says UN agriculture official

One-in-five people around the world count on forest products for food, income and nutritional diversity – generating more than $88 billion in income, according FAO’s State of the World’s Forests 2018, launched on Friday.

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New UN agency guidelines aim to sustain forest benefits for future generations

New guidelines designed to give poor and isolated communities more of a say in how tropical forests are used and preserved around the world were published on Thursday, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Importance of broad financing for sustainable forest management highlighted at UN forum

A United Nations meeting on sustainable management of forests today discussed the importance of mobilizing resources from a diverse range of actors to ensure broad ownership as well as to advance the overall sustainable development agenda.

Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down – UN report

Forests can contribute greatly to the fight against climate change even after trees have been logged, according to a new United Nations report which looks at the impact of wood products on carbon storage.

DRC signs US$ 200 million deal to protect rainforest

Efforts to protect the world’s second largest tropical rainforest received a boost on Friday, thanks to a US$ 200 million deal between by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and international partners.

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Forests play “critical role” in protecting water

Forests have a critical role to play in protecting water resources around the world according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Eight out of ten people in the world have difficulty regularly accessing enough water.

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‘Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet,’ says UN chief

On the International Day of Forests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests for our common future.

Global wood production in 2014 shows biggest jump since economic crisis, says UN agency

Worldwide wood production has undergone a revival over the past year as it has seen the greatest leap since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009, according to the latest data released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Deforestation slows, ‘but we need to do better’ on sustainable forest use – UN agriculture chief

While the world's forests continue to shrink as populations increase and woodlands are converted to agriculture and other uses, over the past 25 years, the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 per cent, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report published today.

Senior UN official tells Forest Forum how it can contribute to sustainable development

A new international agreement on forests should aim at advancing implementation of sustainable forest management and bring about a reversal of deforestation, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said this morning.