Forests are not only important for the 1.6 billion people who depend on them for their livelihoods, but for the world’s population at large. Forests play a critical role in the Earth’s life support system, including global carbon and hydrological cycles. To help communicate the value of forests to policy-makers and the wider public, three United Nations organizations/entities UNEP, FAO and UNFF joined efforts to analyse, synthesize
This report reviews the status of SMFEs in Ghana. It provides information on the various issues confronting the sub-sector and identifies mechanisms for harnessing the potential of SMFEs to effectively contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable forest management in Ghana.
Many countries around the world are engaged in decentralization processes, and most African countries face serious problems with forest governance, from benefits sharing to illegality and sustainable forest management. This book summarizes experiences to date on the extent and nature of decentralization and its outcomes - most of which suggest an underperformance of governance reforms - and explores the viability of different governance ...
Approximately 17 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by land-use change and, in particular, the destruction of tropical forests. Reducing land-use change and forest degradation has been shown as a cost-effective way of slowing carbon emissions compared to other mitigation strategies such as curbing emissions from power stations. Decisions taken at the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Bali, 2007 opened the possibility ...
The decentralization of control over the vast forests of the world is moving at a rapid pace, with both positive and negative ramifications for people and forests themselves. The fresh research from a host of Asia-Pacific countries described in this book presents rich and varied experience with decentralization and provides important lessons for other regions.Beginning with historical and geographical overview chapters, the book proceed
Series: FAO Forestry PapersFire management is an essential part of sustainable forest management. This publication complements the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005) as an in-depth thematic study on the incidence, impact and management of forest fires in different regions of the world. It was developed from 12 regional papers prepared within the framework of the Global Wildland Fire Network of the United Nations Internat
This publication draws on lessons learned from Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea in forest management, community development, indigenous knowledge and access to resources and social networks within the broad framework of the sustainable livelihoods approach. The contents reveal how building workable partnerships among a diversity of stakeholders is fundamental to sustainable development. As the remaining forests rely on dynamic ...
Series: FAO Forestry PapersFAO has been coordinating global forest resources assessments every five to ten years since 1946. The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005) was carried out between 2003 and 2005 and involved more than 800 people, including 172 officially nominated national correspondents, their colleagues, an Advisory Group, international experts, FAO staff, consultants and volunteers from around the world.
Series: State of the World's ForestsFAO's biennial State of the World's Forests series offers a global perspective on the forest sector, including its environmental, economic and social dimensions. This seventh edition examines progress towards sustainable forest management. Part I reviews progress region by region. Each regional report is structured according to the seven thematic elements of sustainable forest management agreed by int
This publication calls for public policies that make the best use of the forestry sector’s carbon profile and carbon cycle. It proposes six key points that those responsible for devising forestry and carbon policies need to know, and it highlights the carbon opportunities and challenges facing the sector.
This study looks at the many forest-based associations in Guayana that are attempting to use forest-based products and services, and are concerned about sustainability. Opportunities to support such associations exist, but they are specific in nature. In most cases, details of these opportunities are known only by association memebers or a few trusted intermediaries. Lesson about what types of associaton work and why, lead on to conclusions ...
Series: FAO Forestry PapersCommunities around the world rely on forests for their livelihoods, not only for domestic uses but also for income, frequently obtained through small-scale, often family-run enterprises. The sustainable development of such enterprises is increasingly recognized as a key to poverty reduction but is often hindered by lack of financial inputs or poor access to microfinance services. This publication reviews the s
There are 5 other country discussion papers in this series. For the set, quote order code, 9546IIED.Guyana is one of the poorest countries in South America and the Caribbean with an average per capita GDP of only US$ 2.2/day. With almost 75% of its land area covered in forest, the forest industry is important for Guyanese national development and poverty eradication. This study assesses the opportunities and constraints facing the Small
Series: State of the World's ForestsThe sixth edition of "State of the World's Forests" presents a global picture of the forest sector and the latest information on activities and developments. Contributions highlight challenges and opportunities related to some of today's key emerging issues. The theme of the 2005 edition - "realizing the economic benefits from forests" - recognizes that the economic viability of the forest sector is a
The Complex Forest systematically examines the theory, processes, and early outcomes of a research and management approach called adaptive collaborative management (ACM). An alternative to positivist approaches to development and conservation that assume predictability in forest management, ACM acknowledges the complexity and unpredictability inherent in any forest community and the importance of developing solutions together with the forest ...
Series: FAO Forestry PapersThe international dialogue on forests since the 1990s has pointed to the role of policies in other sectors besides forestry as among the means of achieving sustainable forest management. This publication is meant to assist countries in developing linkages between sustainable forest management and other sectors and in developing effective national policy frameworks and national forest programmes. It will be of
Series: FAO Forestry PapersThis regional report on the Forestry Outlook Study for Africa provides an overview of the potentials and challenges for enhancing the contribution of the forest sector to Africa's sustainable development, taking into account the policy and institutional, demographic, economic, technological and environmental changes. Examining the impact of the driving forces and probable scenarios, it gives an indication of w
This volume brings together a collection of papers by some experts in medicinal plants. It is presented as a contribution to clarifying the many policy and technical issues associated with the conservation, use, production and trade of medicinal plants. This publication draws attention to the huge contribution of medicinal plants to traditional and modern health care systems, but also alert the readers on the many problems and challeng
To highlight the numerous efforts undertaken in forest management within the past 20 years, FAO recently launched a new initiative entitled "In search of excellence" to identify and document successful examples of sustainable management. This document contains in-depth analyses in the form of 14 case studies. The management practices identified demonstrate the evolution of the forest sector in Central Africa.This compilation
Colombia’s policy on its indigenous people includes recognizing their rights relating to political and administrative autonomy, land tenure, education and health. This progressive policy has been implemented through the establishment of indigenous reserves called resuguaros, which recognizes the role of traditional indigenous management mechanisms for the conservation of the environment. The greatest impact is in the tropical rainforests of the ...