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Forest Europe

UNECE Forestry and Timber


Project Coordinator

European Forest Institute


Jul 28, 2014

The Romanian government, Greenpeace and WWF have started the nomination process for the virgin beech forests of Romania to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The designation process and all the procedures related to it will take approximately two years.

Jul 25, 2014

The benefits of using native species in large scale rehabilitation and restoration projects are highlighted in a new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Jul 5, 2013

First and Second prizes of Land for Life go to organizations focused on Sustainable Forestry Management SFM

UNCCD recognises that forests keep drylands working through their annual Land for Life awards.


The first prize of USD 40,000 went to the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), a non-governmental organization in India, which was ranked top of the 137 applicants from 62 countries.  Through land restoration and establishing community governance mechanisms, FES has worked to bring sustainable land management to over 200,000 hectares of common property rangelands, forests and water resources in India.  Their work has improved the livelihoods of 1.7 million people living in more than 4,000 villages, and influenced national environmental policy.


The second place was a tie between Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silvicultura Sostenible (CCMSS) from Mexico, for its work in the Amanalco Valle Bravo Basin, and World Vision Australia for popularizing Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration in the Sahel region in Africa.


The Amanalco Valle Bravo Basin in central Mexico, which provides vital water and forest resources to millions of people, has recently suffered degradation due to population pressures and unplanned development.  CCMSS has developed the capacity of 1,500 smallholder farming families for sustainable agriculture and forestry management over 15,200 hectares.  They also are piloting carbon finance (REDD+) and payment for ecosystem services programs in Mexico.


The announcement of the winners was made as part of the worldwide celebrations of the World Day to Combat Desertification that took place on 17 June 2013.


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