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.
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”
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
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.
Links to International Organizations Involved in Forest-related Issues
- Centre for International Forestry Research
- Food and Agriculture Organization
- International Tropical Timber Organization
- International Union of Forest Research Organizations
- Convention on Biological Diversity
- Global Environment Facility
- United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
- United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environment Programme
- World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
- World Bank
- International Union for Conservation of Nature
- Collaborative Partnership on Forests
Potential Questions for use by Instructors
- 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.
- Explain the statement “forests don’t know borders”.
- 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