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The world’s forests: Our path to restoration and recovery

Healthy forests mean healthy people. Forests provide health benefits for everyone: fresh air, nutritious foods, clean water, and recreation space. In developed countries, up to 25 percent of all medicinal drugs are plant-based; in developing countries, the number is as high as 80 percent.

While forests remain under threat, forest restoration – at a small and large scale – is possible.

As we celebrate the International Day of Forests 2021, here’s a selection of recent and forthcoming materials on FAO’s work to support forest and ecosystem restoration.

Unasylva 252: Restoring the earth – The next decade
This issue showcases forest and landscape restoration opportunities and developments that can contribute to achieving the Bonn Challenge pledge and other national and international commitments (including the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021–2030).

Building climate-resilient dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral production systems
An approach for context-dependent economic, social and environmentally sustainable transformations
This paper proposes an economically, socially and environmentally transformational approach to sustain dryland production systems under climate change.

Blooming Drylands
A practical approach for context-dependent economic, social and evironmentally sustainable transformations
The paper offers practical recommendations for policymakers with regards to context-dependent dryland restoration and management.

Local financing mechanisms for forest and landscape restoration
A review of local-level investment mechanisms
This publication and its companion e-learning course and brochure provide information on how to locally finance forest and landscape transformation in different contexts.

Further reading


  • The Restoration Initiative year in review 2020
  • Pursuing restoration in presumed drylands: Current practices and future investments
  • Policy Paper on the nexus between climate change and conflict in dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems
  • Grazing on Trees: The role of livestock in halting deforestation in drylands
  • A policy paper on Forest and landscape restoration and climate change
  • A survey of the results and impact of the Action Against Desertification project
  • A call for action to halt deforestation – Role of forests in achieving the SDGs

Looking for more knowledge? Check the latest issue of the FAO publications catalogue. ( Source FAO)

Further reading from UNCCD Library : forests   ; forests restoration; dryland forests

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