Cameron logging road

Forests are under the spotlight as never before. They are globally important in regulating climate and locally important in sustaining communities and supporting biodiversity. But with unsustainable logging, and agriculture and biofuel producers competing for land, forests, and the people who depend on them, are under increasing pressure.

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Yosemite National Park's forest-fed watersheds supply over 50% of California's water

IUCN celebrating International Day of Forests and World Water Day 2016

Today, United Nations International Day of Forests, is a day to celebrate – to reflect on the year’s achievements and look to the future of the world’s forests. …  

21 Mar 2016 | Article

Kitoy River, Sayan Mountains, Russia.

Forests and Water: Forest dependency in Eastern Europe

Communities who rely on forests for resources like water are especially vulnerable to deforestation and climate change. In the lead up to International Day of Forests 2016 and World Water Day 2016, IUCN's Becca Andrasko looks at how IUCN is helping establish the principles of locally controlled forests in Eastern Europe to give communities better access to water. …  

18 Mar 2016 | Article

Forest-agriculture division, Bolivia.

Nine steps for cost-benefit analysis of forest landscape restoration activities

You have just been asked to run a cost-benefit analysis for applying restoration techniques to a degraded landscape. Do you have a clear picture of what to measure and which data, tools or frameworks you should consider? Do you know who your stakeholders and investors are? Overwhelmed? Don’t be. IUCN’s new report can help you break it down into a tiered and logical process. …  

17 Mar 2016 | Article

Infographic: Prioritizing investments in forest landscape restoration

Infographic: Prioritizing forest landscape restoration investments

IUCN’s new infographic helps decision makers weigh the costs and benefits of possible forest landscape restoration activities. …  

17 Mar 2016 | Article

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i

Just Released: When is a forest a forest? Forest concepts and definitions in the era of forest and landscape restoration

Ever wonder when a forest is actually considered a forest? A new article by global experts and IUCN partners helps define just that. …  

16 Mar 2016 | Article

Sitting atop a parking garage and rail yard, Chicago's Millennium Park is considered the largest green roof in the world.

Cities are landscapes too: Green infrastructure for healthy forests, water and people

Cities need effective water management; forests help clean and regulate water. How can urban landscapes make the most of this important connection? In the lead up to International Day of Forests 2016 and World Water Day 2016, IUCN's Becca Andrasko explores how green infrastructure and forest landscape restoration principles are linked. …  

11 Mar 2016 | Article

Rural forest ecosystems surrounding Salme village, Nepal

Choosing the right tool for your forest landscape restoration project just got a little easier

Forest landscape restoration practitioners are faced with a lot of decisions. Now, a new framework will help them choose how to assess the ecosystem services that need to be considered in the course of their project. With a new journal article and accompanying infographic, the choice has never been easier. …  

09 Mar 2016 | Article

Infographic: Choosing the best tool for your forest landscape restoration project

Infographic: Choosing the best tool for your forest landscape restoration project

IUCN’s new infographic guides decision makers in selecting the ecosystem service tool(s) most applicable to their forest landscape restoration (FLR) project. …  

09 Mar 2016 | Article

Women at the Sanzara Community Learning Center farm, Uganda

Gender equality key to achieving FLR outcomes: How women’s critical participation supports a Ugandan community and the SDG agenda

International Women’s Day (March 8) is an opportunity to call for global action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, especially in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, for IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme and Global Gender Office, it is also an opportunity to acknowledge the ordinary women who play an important – yet often unrecognized – role in community forest management and forest landscape restoration. By the Global Gender Office's Maria Prebble. …  

08 Mar 2016 | Article

Indonesia has almost 6 per cent of the world's water resources and about 21 per cent within the Asia Pacific region.

Water, more or less: Do more forests mean more water?

The linkages between forests and water are complex and often debated. In the lead up to International Day of Forests 2016 and World Water Day 2016, IUCN's Becca Andrasko explores how to optimize these connections for sustainable ecosystems and healthy communities now and into the future.  …  

04 Mar 2016 | Article

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