Forest gives sustainable communities

IFFA celebrate the International Day of Forest, 21 March 2018 by supporting this year’s theme on the International Forest day:

” Forests contribute in building sustainable cities and communities.”

  • Published: 21.03.2018
  • Published by: ivar Legallais-Korsbakken
  • Tags: #UNFF  #international year of forests 
  • Our planet needs healthy relations between cities and the countryside.

    Some family forest owners live in cities. Most of us have relatives and friends who live in cities.

    Family forests are a bridge between the countryside and cities in many ways: 

    UNFF has published 6 “cards” or photos to underline how the forest in different ways contribute to sustainability of cities and communities

    See the UNFF cards (PDF)

    The messages are:

    • 1.6 billion people need forests for food. Water, fuel and jobs
    • Forests are home to over 80 per cent of biodiversity on land
    • Your glass of water is tree product
    • Trees are nature’s air conditioners
    • Trees build resilience against climate change
    • Trees and parks are good for you health

      See the FAO March and International Day of Forest newsletter

    See the European CEPF joint newsletter of the International  Forest day


    The 6 UNFF cards follow below


    Other news

    IFFA pushes for sustainability

    Published: 01.06.2018

    IFFA’s work shows how family forest owners and smallholders play an essential role in collaboration with other major groups to push for sustainability in international forest politics.

    Committed to international communication

    Published: 18.05.2018

    IFFA is committed to the development and implementation of international communication strategies.

    This was the main message when IFFA chair Peter deMarsh addressed the United Nations Forum on forests. The 13th session of the forum was held in New York 7 to 11 May 2018.

    Design mechanism to support sustainable wood

    Published: 08.05.2018

    - Identify and design mechanisms that recognise the multiple benefit that sustainable forest management and sustainable wood hade in communities, improving livelihood and cost-effective carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation.


  • Photos and videos

  • Building image bank

    IFFA will slowly build up and image bank during 2017. We will gather together photos and videos from IFFA, family forestry, forest and farm producer organisations and similar subjects.

    See more pictures and videos


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