Dryland forests play a major role in improving environmental sustainability and resilience. This was the unqualified conclusion of Mr Eduardo Mansur, Director of FAO’s Forest Management Division, during the 22nd session of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) on 26 June 2014.
The Global Mechanism’s new Liaison Office on Land, Security and Resilience (LLSR) was officially inaugurated on 17 June, during a special event organized to mark this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD). The Office is housed at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
A new support system, designed to make the UNCCD reporting process more straightforward and easier to complete, was put to the test during a series of regional training workshops held worldwide for National Focal Points and Reporting Officers during May 2014.
Environmental migration is shaping up to be one of this century’s biggest policy challenges. At present, there are an estimated 50 million environmental migrants worldwide, many of whom have been forced to leave their homes due to food and water insecurity or lack of employment opportunities, often as a direct result of degrading natural resources.