Key Forest Publications

Reports featured here play a critical role in raising awareness on sustainable forest management for a greener future.


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Forests for People Book
As we move to close Forests 2011, United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat and Tudor Rose are collaborating on the publication Forests for People will be a fully illustrated book with articles from over 75 authors relating their work in sustainable forest management. Their commentaries will draw upon experiences around the world, reflecting how people are changing their interaction with forests to conserve and replenish its resources. 

The book will be available at the closing ceremony of the year.


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The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) – FAO
The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) is the most comprehensive assessment of forests and forestry to date – not only in terms of the number of countries and people involved – but also in terms of scope. It examines the current status and recent trends for about 90 variables covering the extent, condition, uses and values of forests and other wooded land, with the aim of assessing all benefits from forest resources. Information has been collated from 233 countries and territories for four points in time: 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2010. 

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State of the World’s Forests 2011 – FAO
The ninth biennial issue of State of the World’s Forests, published at the outset of 2011, the International Year of Forests, considers the theme ‘Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to sustainable development’. It takes a holistic view of the multiple ways in which forests support livelihoods. The chapters assembled for this year’s State of the World’s Forests highlight four key areas that warrant greater attention: regional trends on forest resources; the development of sustainable forest industries; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and the local value of forests. Considered together, these themes provide insights on the true contribution of forests to the creation of sustainable livelihoods and alleviation of poverty. 

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Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011

Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011
This report details the progress towards sustainable forest management (SFM) in ITTO producer member countries during a period that has seen important global developments of relevance to tropical forests and their management. The report notes a 50% increase in the area of tropical forests under sustainable management, but warns that the key drivers of that increase might have a low impact in the long-term. 

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Status of tropical forest management 2011

Forestry in the EU and the World 2011 Edition (Eurostat European Commission) – European Union
The Forestry in the EU and the World 2011 Edition supports the UN initiative by statistically depicting forests in their various dimensions. Forests have a variety of ecological functions, serving as habitats for plant and animal species, helping to protect water and soil resources, as well as contributing to the fight against climate change. On the other hand, forests are an important economic factor as suppliers of wood and other forest products. Forests and other wooded land cover more than 40 % of the EU’s land area, and the EU is set apart from many other global regions insofar as it is one of the few regions of the world where forest area is currently expanding. This publication presents information for the EU and its Member States, as well as comparisons with countries that have considerable forest resources. 

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Vital Forest Graphics

Vital Forest Graphics
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 and illustrate topical forest issues. The Vital Forest Graphics provides an overview of the global trends in forest cover and looks specifically at the four largest forest ecosystems and analyses the trends and challenges in their conservation and management. It scrutinizes some of the key drivers behind forest loss, including the increasing demand for commodities and energy. Finally, it reviews some of the best practices for sustainable management of forest, including regulatory regimes, participatory management and economic incentives. 

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UN-DESA Policy Brief No. 16

UN-DESA Policy Brief No. 16
Forests: the Green and REDD of Climate Change
April 2009

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UN-DESA Policy Brief No. 15

UN-DESA Policy Brief No. 15
Finance for Forests and Climate Change
April 2009

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