State of the World’s Forests

The State of World's ForestsBy the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

“The State of the World’s Forests reports on the status of forests, recent major policy and institutional developments and key issues concerning the forest sector. It makes current, reliable and policy-relevant information widely available to facilitate informed discussion and decision-making with regard to the world’s forests.

As the global community looks for ways to move to a greener economy, it is increasingly clear that forests, forestry and forest products must play a central role. This tenth edition of State of the World’s Forests explores the role of forests in human history, finding strong links between forest use and economic and social development and between unabated forest destruction and economic decline. It suggests that forest production has an important role to play in a sustainable future in which consumption and production are connected in a closed cycle. It points out the importance of striking a balance between forest conservation and use, and proposes four strategies for ensuring that forests make their vital contribution to a greener, more sustainable world.”

The report looks back on the State of the World’s Forests: the first ten editions, on the relation between forests and the evolution of the modern world and on the interdependence of forests, forestry and forest products for a sustainable future. The report  is according José Graziano da Silva – FAO Director-General:

“intended to serve as a reference source to support policy and research related to forests. In addition, I hope that some of the ideas it advances will stimulate debate and lead to innovative approaches that help move the global economy in a greener direction.”

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