Topic 8: Mandates and Activities of Forestry-Related International Organizations (Part 1)


There are several intergovernmental organizations, within the United Nations family or related bodies that have forests and forestry as part of their mandates. This lecture will introduce seven of the most relevant organizations, and describe how forests are treated in their programs of work.

Video Lecture

Please view the following voice-over-ppt presentations and videos for this topic.

Module 3 Lecture 8 Part 1: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), The World Bank, and The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)


Module 3 Lecture 8 Part 2: The UN Development Program (UNDP), The UN Environment Program (UNEP), and The Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Module 3 Lecture 8 Video: Castañero Stories – Snakes, Thieves and Falling Nuts



Please visit the following websites:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) website:
  • The World Bank website:
  • The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) website:
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) website:
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) website:
  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF) website:

Reflection Questions

Please answer the following self-reflection questions. After formulating your answers, you may post them online at the Knowledge Café for this course as a way to share your ideas and glean knowledge from other students’ responses.

  1. Reflect on the major UN organizations dealing with forests as part of their mandates.
  2. Cite some examples of the non-UN bodies address forests on the global scale.
  3. What’s your opinion about creating a specialized UN Organization for forests?