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July 02, 2018
  Forests and trees in landscapes are vital resources and recognized for their ecosystem services especially to the rural poor by providing effective pathways out of poverty together with other development measures. Since time immemorial, forest fires both natural and human-caused, have played a critical role in shaping our environment. Fire is an inherent feature of the earth system, and some cultures have historically achieved sustainable co-existence with flammable landscapes. It is well established that at a global scale, modern-day unwanted forest fires are largely anthropogenic...
June 07, 2018
The webinar series lays out key sectoral knowledge and expertise that can contribute to a joint effort to enable SMEs in the forest sector to be competitive and grow in a sustainable manner. This session will examine a set of interventions that had enhancement of competitiveness and sustainability of rural or agricultural enterprises as the entry point and are relevant for SMEs in the forest sector (SMFEs). Presenters will deconstruct projects in order to explain the various components of each intervention as well as to encourage participants to think about how to adapt each approach to...
May 30, 2018
The world loses 7 million hectares of tropical forests each year.  At the root of the problem, deforestation and land degradation are often driven by economic pressure. Solutions ranging from international commitments to community-led efforts show progress in reversing this trend but often lack alternative financial incentives to change unsustainable practices. The GLF Investment Case Symposium identifies how investment in natural landscapes can create triple bottom line returns – economic, social and environmental. The 2015 and 2016 symposia identified sustainable finance solutions...
May 10, 2018
The FAO initiative "Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World" (SW4SW) focuses on how to make the most of the myriad social, economic and environmental benefits that can be derived fromsustainable wood and wood products. During this side event at the 13th UN Forum on Forests, new voluntary guidelines will be launched on making forest concessions in the tropics work to achieve the 2030 Agenda. These are aimed at improved forest production, a key element of sustainable forest products value chains. Speakers: World Bank | Werner Kornexl FAO | Eva Müller ITTO | Gerhard Dieterle...
March 29, 2018
PROFOR's Werner Kornexl and the World Bank's Ellysar Baroudy discuss the importance of forests - not just for biodiversity or for the communities who depend directly on forests, but for everyone on Earth. Watch the recording of the Facebook Live conversation from March 29, 2018.​