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The International Day of Forests was celebrated on 21 March 2017 under the theme 'Forests and Energy'. The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) organized a celebratory event at UN Headquarters in New York, US featuring a panel discussion on ‘Growing forests, harness energy for the future,’ and a general discussion on ‘Forests and energy are essential for the 2030 Agenda'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) also held an event on the occasion, and launched publications on wood energy.
The issues of forests and energy are closely interlinked, and this is why this issue was the theme of this year’s International Day of Forests. If the current trend of slowing forest loss, combined with forest restoration and plantation efforts continues, a future where we achieve zero net global deforestation can go from being a dream to a reality soon. Sustainably managed forests are healthy, productive, resilient and renewable ecosystems, which can meet the growing need for forest products, including...
Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 2017— Inadequate investigative capacity for wildlife crimes has proved to be a major drawback in the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
Expert reviews of 43 developed countries' and five developing countries' national reports are complete. Many of these countries will participate in the multilateral assessment and facilitative sharing of views taking place in Bonn in May 2017.
Douala, Cameroon, March 2017 —one year after its launch, a meeting to evaluate the effectiveness of AFRICA-TWIX finds there has been significant progress towards fostering collaboration among law enforcement officials in Central Africa to address illegal trade in wildlife.
A Winrock International study shows that greenhouse gas emissions from forest degradation emissions are major contributors to climate change, equal to about a third of deforestation emissions and greater than emissions from international aviation, global shipping or US power generation. Forest degradation represents the nexus of people living, working and using the forests in developing countries, yet is historically overlooked because it is difficult to systematically detect. The study draws attention...
By Rudo Kemper, Amazon Conservation Team In 2016, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) received funding from the Small Grants Fund of Global Forest Watch (GFW) to evaluate the drivers of deforestation in threatened Amazonian ecosystems by training local indigenous communities to use the necessary technologies to ground-truth GFW alerts and collect pertinent field data. Doing […]
Celebrating gender and biodiversity CGIAR - News - 2 weeks ago
By Marlene Elias (Bioversity International) On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Bioversity international has launched a series of factsheets on “Creating mutual benefits: examples of gender and biodiversity outcomes from Bioversity International’s research”. The publication features six case studies carried out by Bioversity International with local NGOs and partners. Three of these take place in forest and agroforestry landscapes, […] The post Celebrating gender and biodiversity appeared...
8 March, 2017 On International Women’s Day 2017, indigenous Baka and Bagyeli women in the rainforest of southern Cameroon are facing up to threats to their lands, livelihoods and forests. Equipped with smartphone apps, women are learning how to monitor the issues that affect their lives the most. Cameroon’s forests are facing rapid change from industrial logging and mining that degrade the forest, and from protected areas that prevent forest communities from accessing their customary land. In some...
On the occasion of the International Day of Forests (21 March) and World Water Day (22 March), FTA is inviting you to participate in a virtual symposium on the linkages of forests, water and climate.

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