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Around the globe, there are about 1.5 billion smallholder forest and farm producers, many of them organized so they can better protect their rights and the productivity of their land - which very often includes managing and conserving forests. In this way, they are helping to meet some of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ITTO has released videos of three keynote presentations delivered at the International Conference on Sustainable Mangrove Ecosystems held in Bali, Indonesia, on 18?21 April 2017.
Nanjing, China, June 2017— 34 law enforcement officials from nine separate provinces attended a wildlife forensics technology training workshop at Nanjing Forest Police College (NFPC). Represented institutions included the Forest Police, Custom’s Anti-smuggling Bureau and the Environmental Police.
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 21st June 2017— Some potentially good news to reduce the impact of illegal wildlife trade on threatened species occurred last night when the Vietnamese National Assembly approved the long awaited 2015 Penal Code. The Penal Code will come into force on 1st January 2018.
The global observance event in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, marked the first time that high-ranking officials drawn from Africa’s foreign affairs, environment and interior ministries have met to jointly address the growing challenge of rural youth unemployment. The presidents of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, received the Call to Action, which, inter alia, calls for partnerships to create two million secure land-based jobs through the rehabilitation of 10 million hectares of degraded land. UNCCD Executive...
The CGIAR Consortium launched a portfolio of 14 global research programmes aiming to lift 150 million people in developing countries out of hunger within six years by transforming agricultural and food systems. WorldFish announced a research programme to enhance the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to reducing poverty and improving food security. FAO and UN Volunteers signed an MOU to facilitate the deployment of UN Volunteers to support the fight against hunger and rural poverty. The World...
INBAR is very active in the area of land restoration, and has used bamboo in many countries as a tool to reverse land degradation and prevent desertification. From Ghana and Ethiopia to China, our Member States around the world are making bamboo a key part of their efforts to reach land degradation neutrality. This positive […]
This World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, INBAR reflects on its work with bamboo for land restoration. Bamboo is an excellent tool for restoring degraded lands. Its extensive root system binds soil and protects against erosion; its leaves provide a year-round supply of soil nutrients where it grows; and it is emerging in many […]
ITTO has released time-series data for 83 countries, including all ITTO producer and consumer member countries, on the production and trade of 16 primary timber products, such as logs, sawnwood, veneer and plywood. The data, for the period 1990?2016, are available in ITTO’s online statistical database.
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 15th June 2017— 40 Customs Department and Forest Protection Department (FPD) officers commenced a training programme today to increase their understanding of the requirements for a legal timber trade and how to distinguish regulated and prohibited timber in trade.

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