Global Issues

Global Issues

Many of the environmental, economic and social aspects of forests function across borders: forests are of global concern. This module describes the situation of forest cover at the global level, programs  that operate at the inter-country and global level, and the main international players involved in these programs.

Learning Objectives

After viewing this presentation and relevant support material, users should be able to:

  • Explain why it is necessary to consider forest-related issues at a global level.
  • Describe the global situation of forest cover.
  • Explain about the various causes of deforestation in the world and the consequences of forest cover loss
  • Describe the relationship between forest restoration, afforestation and reforestation.
  • Describe the REDD+ program (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation
    including Forest Conservation, Sustainable Forest Management and Enhanced carbon Stock.
  • Describe the various international organizations (both intergovernmental organizations
    and non-governmental organizations) dealing with global forest policy and other forest stakeholders.
  • Identify and describe the main forest-related issues that are considered to be part of the “international forestry debate”


Dr. Hosny El-Lakany, Adjunct Professor

Listen to Dr. El-Lakany respond to the question: How did I get interested in this area of study?

For more information about Dr. El-Lakany, please check World Agroforestry Centre

Module Resources

Before viewing a presentation or lab, be sure to read the instructions on using this resource.


Introduction to Global Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation Issues
In this lecture, Dr. Hosny El-Lakany discusses about forests in relation to their importance at a global level and presents some of the major organizations concerned with global forest policy.


Other Resources

Links to International Organizations Involved in Forest-related Issues

Potential Questions for use by Instructors

  1. Describe the various causes of deforestation in the world. What are the consequences of forest cover loss? Explain why deforestation in one country affects other countries.
  2. Explain the statement “forests don’t know borders”.
  3. Research an organization or civil group that is involved in work/a project that relates to global forests. State the group, which forest-related issue the group is addressing and how are they addressing the