biodiversity

Protection of forests ‘fundamental to security of humanity’s place on this planet,’ UN Forum told

Kick-starting action on the recently-adopted Global Forest Goals to protect, sustainably manage and increase world’s forest area will be a key focus for delegations gathered in New York for the twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests, which opened today at United Nations Headquarters.

2018-04-22T11:53:36-04:0001 May 2017|Goal 15: Life on Land, News|

#WildForLife campaign seeks to mobilize millions to end illegal wildlife trade

The UN, backed by A-list celebrities from across the globe, launched an unprecedented campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.

Pulses are praised for health, ecological and economic benefits

"Pulses are good for people, and are good for soils," Eduardo Mansur, the head of FAO's land and water division, said today at an event that highlighted the promising future of edible seeds such as lentils, chickpeas and pigeon peas, all often neglected in the shadow of the world's major staple grains.

Livestock biodiversity must be preserved as tool against climate change

The genetic diversity of livestock can play a vital role in feeding the world in the face of hotter weather and the other effects of climate change, yet many valuable breeds continue to be at risk, the FAO warned, calling for stronger global efforts to safeguard the existing gene pool.

2018-04-22T12:01:35-04:0027 Jan 2016|Goal 15: Life on Land, News|

Deforestation slows, ”but we need to do better” on sustainable forest use – UN agriculture chief

While the world''s forests continue to shrink as populations increase and woodlands are converted to agriculture and other uses, over the past 25 years, the rate of net global deforestation has slowed down by more than 50 per cent, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report published today.

2018-04-22T12:07:24-04:0007 Sep 2015|Goal 15: Life on Land, News|