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IUFRO, FAO and RECOFTC Release Publication on Asian Forests

November 2010: The World Forests, Society and Environment Special Project of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have released a publication titled "Asian Forests: Working for People and Nature."

The report highlights key concerns and presents recommendations on how to optimize the opportunities of forests in the region. It outlines various opportunities and incentives that can contribute to realizing the potential of Asian forests, including: reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD); payments for environmental services; increasing demand for recreation and ecotourism; integration of national and global supply chains; and forest law enforcement and governance and sustainable forest management as requisites for international market access. The authors advocate improving the enabling environment by improving land-use planning and through tenure and public sector reform. They also call for better management of human and natural resources by, inter alia investing in science, technology and human resources. [Asian Forests Report]