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Issue 59: Community forestry

State of the world's forests 2011

Published every two years by FAO, the report for 2011 notes that deforestation remains ‘alarmingly high’ throughout the world, but recognises that the rate is slowing. This is particularly true in West and North Africa where tree-planting programmes have been established to combat desertification and provide sustainable sources of wood for industry and energy. The document also describes the importance of forestry in climate change mitigation and comments on the importance of involving communities living in forested areas. People can benefit in many ways from forests, not only from an increase in income: ‘Particularly in remote, rural areas, non-cash income is an essential part of sustainable livelihoods, especially for women and the rural poor.’

26 April 2011

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