World Forest week

World leaders at Rio+20 agreed that forests have a significant role to play in addressing many sustainable development challenges. To help fulfil this role, the Committee on Forestry (COFO) 2012 will focus on translating the results of Rio+20 into action and strengthening forestry’s many cross-sectoral linkages under the following key topics:

• Integrating forests with environmental and land use policies at all levels
• Forests, trees and people together in a living landscape: A key to rural development
• Broadening the financial basis for sustainable forest management: wood and non-wood products, services, innovations, markets, investments and international instruments
• Sound information and knowledge base for better policies and good governance 

The 2012 State of the World’s Forests report will also be released at COFO. It will make the case that better and more sustainable use of forestry resources can make a significant contribution to meeting many of the core global challenges including poverty and hunger, climate change, and more sustainable sources of bio-products and bio-energy for human use.

More information: FAO website

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