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List of Press Releases - 2019-7

Forest Market discussions show how wildfires can spark innovation in forest management (05 November 2019)

Storms, beetle infestations, and wildfires: when reading the news about forests in the past months, it is evident that it has been a tough year for the forest sector. It is estimated that in Europe approximately 25% of the 2018 timber harvest was damaged by either storms or insects and in North ...
New UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists will strengthen transboundary boreal forest efforts (05 November 2019)

The boreal forest that circles the globe doesn’t make it to the news as often as the Amazon rainforest. However, it contains a third of all the trees on earth and in combination with its soil forms the largest storage of CO2, while refreshing the entire planet’s atmosphere with the oxygen it ...
New call to bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia by 2030 (24 September 2019)

Caused by human activity and bio-physical factors, the degradation of land and ecosystems, exacerbated by climate change, is one of the greatest challenges facing Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Desertification affects 8% of the territory of the European Union, including around 14 million ...
Azerbaijan brings degraded land restoration commitments in Caucasus and Central Asia to 3 million ha (31 May 2019)

Azerbaijan has announced it will restore 170,000 ha of degraded lands by 2030, and an additional 100,000 ha conditional upon receiving funding, under the Bonn Challenge. The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 350 million ha of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2030.  ...
UNECE and FAO issue guidelines to develop national forest monitoring systems (23 May 2019)

Many communities around the world rely heavily on healthy forests for the social, economic and environmental benefits they bring. But without the required skills and capacities to monitor and measure the status of forests, they cannot guarantee the sustainable management of these precious ...
UNECE and FAO take stock of the state of forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia in first ever study (07 May 2019)

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia are vital in fighting erosion and desertification in the harsh climates of the region. They host a rich biodiversity and provide livelihoods for the rural population, who have few other sources of revenue. These forests also serve as important sources of ...
Learn to love forests: Geneva encourages forest education to change the world for the better (21 March 2019)

Forests are life in its essence. Through education and training we can help safeguard these important and highly diverse ecosystems, providing clean air and water, while supplying food, wood and shelter. Today, the global community celebrates the International Day of Forests (IDF) 2019 under the ...