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FAO and partners have launched a new knowledge sharing platform on forest and landscape restoration. The open-access platform is the first virtual space to provide access to a comprehensive database of key forest and landscape restoration resources aggregated from around the globe.

?The platform is unique in that landscape practitioners can be guided through the entire planning, management, and implementation... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on April 20, 2017
More than 60,000 tree species

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There are 60,065 species of trees in the world, according to a comprehensive study of the world's plants.

Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) compiled the tree list by using data gathered from its network of 500 member organisations.

It hopes the list will be used as a tool to identify rare and threatened species in need of immediate action to... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on April 13, 2017
Commercial forests are full of untapped energy

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The theme of the 2017 United Nations International Day of Forests is Forests and Energy. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is proud to represent the global forest products industry, which plays an important role in contributing to the production of renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels by using wood manufacturing... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on April 06, 2017
Daunting challenges, clear goals: forests and the SDGs


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FAO/R. Grisolia5 April, 2017, Rome - Forests contribute to achieving most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and must be given higher priority in development agendas, Eva M?¬ller, Director of FAO's Forestry Policy and Resources Division, told the 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference (CFC) today.

Speaking at a plenary... Continue Reading

New data collection module to improve understanding of wood fuel consumption


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FAO/Giampiero Diana7 April 2017, Rome - Experts are finalizing a new data collection module that will help developing countries better understand their population?s reliance on wood fuel for incomes and basic household needs this week in Rome.

Authorities from some 20 international organizations gathered at... Continue Reading

by Website Administrator on March 21, 2017
Here are a few interesting facts about forests to celebrate International Day of Forests 2017: Forests & Energy


1. Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world?s accessible freshwater via FAO

2. About one-third of the world?s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas via FAO

3. Nearly 80 percent of the world?s population ? 8 out of 10 people - is exposed to high levels of... Continue Reading


Timber is sustainable and a proven renewable resource, unlike other building materials used in South Africa and internationally which contribute to global warming. Timber has the lowest embodied energy compared to other conventional building materials. A ton of kiln dried sawn timber uses less energy compared to a ton of another building material for example: 4 times more energy to produce bricks, 5 times more energy to produce concrete, 6 times more energy to produce glass, 24... Continue Reading
Education about trees starts at home and these fun facts about wood will sure get the kids excited to learn more.

"Say this three times fast: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? This is a super fun tongue twister and leads us to our topic: wood.

Wood is an organic material, meaning it comes from nature. Specifically, the part of nature that wood comes from is the trunks and branches of trees. If you cut through the trunk of a tree, there are several... Continue Reading

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Lima , Peru - Stakeholders from Peru?s public and private sectors and indigenous peoples today established their priorities for work to boost forest governance and income-generation on the basis of sustainable harvesting of the country?s 73 million hectares of forests. The initiative was organized by the Peruvian National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United... Continue Reading

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COIMBATORE: The Forest College and Research Institute(FCRI), Mettupalayam, has begun preparing an in-depth map of suitable timber species for various agro-climatic zones in Tamil Nadu. The map, which is expected to be completed in two months, will help timber farmers to choose the right species of saplings or young trees to plant in their land. The mapping is done to increase the domestic timber production.... Continue Reading