forests

Forest restoration provides a path to pandemic recovery, greener future

Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic should lead to stronger action to safeguard the world’s forests, a senior UN official said on Friday, highlighting how these natural resources have helped to protect health and well-being during the global crisis. 

UN builds momentum for restoring forests as world enters key decade for ecosystems 

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is leading a push for the world to scale up efforts to restore landscapes and forests over the next decade, with eyes on a target to salvage 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands, an area bigger than India in total. 

News in Brief 28 October 2020

  • UN chief hails Republic of Korea’s vow to achieve carbon neutrality 
  • Rights experts decry Poland’s anti-abortion reform 
  • UN builds momentum for restoring forests in key decade for ecosystems 
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COVID-19: Forests offer solutions for recovery

Ensuring forests retain their rich biodiversity and continue contributing to the health and safety of communities everywhere, can help boost recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s the view Ewald Rametsteiner, Forestry Deputy Director at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who in this interview with FAO’s Charlotta Lomas, explains why the forestry sector is important to building back from the ravages of the coronavirus.

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Deforestation has slowed down but still remains a concern, new UN report reveals

Although some 178 million hectares of forest has been lost worldwide over the past three decades, the rate of loss has declined substantially during this period, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.

News in Brief 21 July 2020

  • Yemen: COVID linked to more IDPs
  • Deforestation slowing, but not enough: FAO
  • Rights experts call for Ethiopia protest probe
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News in Brief 22 May 2020

  • COVID-19 transmission ‘already happening widely in Yemen’
  • Bangladesh storm Amphan affects 10 million people, spares refugee ‘megacamp’
  • As world’s forests continue to shrink, UN echoes call for sustainable conservation
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Cultivating a taste for traditional crops in Hawaii

Hundreds of millions of people go hungry around the world, and there are fears the COVID-19 pandemic could make matters worse. In Hawaii, researchers think that bringing back overlooked, traditional crops, could help feed many vulnerable people. As part of an ongoing series focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals and ahead of International Day of Biodiversity marked annually on 22 May, UN News travelled to Hawaii with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to see how researchers are trying to cultivate a taste for indigenous crops.

 

News in Brief 23 January 2020

  • Top UN court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide
  • 75 years post-Auschwitz, antisemitism still threatens democracy
  • Global forestry gets a boost
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News in Brief 11 November 2019

  • UN chief appeals for respect for diplomatic missions in Bolivia
  • Experts concerned about women and children in camps in Syria and Iraq 
  • New FAO forest project to tackle climate change 
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