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Ecosystem services are the “benefits people obtain from ecosystems”1 or “nature’s contribution to people.”2 Managing forests with a focus on ecosystem services presents new opportunities to preserve services like carbon sequestration and soil protection, as well as valuing and protecting intangible benefits provided by forest ecosystems, including recreation, health and cultural services.

Forests increase Earth’s carbon sequestration capacity

This article was originally posted on the CREAF Blog. Recently, terrestrial ecosystems have been absorbing 15-30% of CO2...

Forests for Human Health – Challenges and Opportunities

8 - 9 April 2019, Vienna, Austria. FOREST EUROPE and the Austrian Research Centre for Forests will hold...

Valuing forest ecosystem services: A training manual for planners and project developers

Forests and trees provide multiple ecosystem services that are crucial for human well-being and play a critical role in achieving the goals...

Ainata Al Arz opens its first hiking trail

Ainata Al Arz, a marginalised rural village in Lebanon, is characterised by its green nature: with multi-colorful fields between the valley of...

Promoting social integration through sustainable forestry

“You are here to have fun, and to enjoy the forest,” began Joachim Englert, shouting from where he stood, perched nobly with...
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Tree of All Trades

What are the benefits of trees in cities? Find out in this great information video on importance and services of the urban...

International Day of Forest 2019 – T-shirt Design Contest

Help celebrate the International Day of Forests on 21 March by entering FAO's t-shirt design contest. If you win, your entry will...

Ancient Woodlands and Trees: A Guide for Landscape Planners and Forest Managers

Ancient woodlands, trees and forests are at the very core of many global landscapes. However, understanding the resource which these living landscapes provide requires...

Paying for priceless values: forests’ role for water quality

Article originally posted on UNECE. Given the many threats to global water supply, forest management and planning will increasingly need to deploy strategies for optimizing watershed...

Autumn colour in Mediterranean forests

It's that special time of year when walking in the forest becomes a magical experience, made yet more wondrous by its transience. Some network...

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New SINCERE paper analyses the context for adopting payments for watershed...

Payments for watershed services (PWS) are an increasingly popular tool for watershed management, also in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the degree of PWS adoption varies...

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