Photo contest: Nurture forests for the future


Photo contest: Nurture forests for the future

The objective of this photo contest is to create awareness worldwide of the meaning behind Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and its linkages to food security.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) within the UN-REDD Programme believes that REDD+ can also ensure food security through good agriculture practices, biodiversity conservation, livelihoods diversification, good governance and better land management.

The UN-REDD Programme, a collaborative initiative between FAO the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this year is celebrating its 5th anniversary supporting countries in implementing REDD+ as a way to create an incentive for developing countries to protect, better manage and wisely use their forest resources, contributing to the global fight against climate change.

This can become a powerful and stunning image!

• Farmers producing more on less land using agro-ecosystems and thus avoiding clearance of new forest
• Good agricultural practices: such as agroforestry, alley cropping, agrosilvipastoral, inter cropping of trees and crops, trees produced on farms, tree apiculture, trees on pasture, etc
• Protected areas, forest reserves, conservation
• Forest dependant people in forest ecosystems, especially women and indigenous peoples
• Trees as suppliers of fruits, edible leaves, nuts, medicine, etc
• Livelihoods diversification and good land management.

How do trees connect to food security?

Forests and trees are sources of food for millions of the world’s poorest people.

What does REDD+ look like?

REDD+ is about keeping trees standing and managing our forests in a sustainable way.


A shortlist of the best 25 photos submitted to the contest will be selected to be presented during an exhibit at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition 13-15 May 2013 to be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The selected photos will also be used for future communications material (printed information material, dissemination of information through social media and website with information on REDD+ topics, etc).

Read the terms and conditions of the photo contest here.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological
development and demonstration under grant agreement no 311784.

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