The ninth biennial issue of State of the World's Forests, published
at the outset of 2011, the International Year of Forests, considers the
theme 'Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to
sustainable development'. It takes a holistic view of the multiple ways in
which forests support livelihoods.
The chapters assembled for this year's State of the World's Forests
highlight four key areas that warrant greater attention: regional trends
on forest resources, the development of sustainable forest industries,
climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the local value of forests.
Considered together, these themes provide insights on the true contribution of
forests to the creation of sustainable livelihoods and alleviation of