With the objective of making forest concessions a more transparent, responsible and inclusive way to sustainably manage forests in the tropics, FAO has recently released the first voluntary guidelines for forest concessions in the tropics. At the the 13th session of the UN Forum on Forests, where the guidelines were launched, Eva Müller, Director of FAO’s Forestry Policy and Resources Division, highlighted the multiple socio-economic and environmental benefits concessions can have if well managed, and how they can increase the value of standing forests for present and future generations. (In English, Spanish and French) The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Seychelles will implement its new national forestry inventory with the technical help of FAO. The aim of this concerted effort is to provide exact information on the state of forests in the archipelago, as well as up-to-date data on endemic species. (In French) The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and FAO are supporting the Kyrgyz Republic in its efforts to design a national development strategy to better cope with climate change. The ecological sustainability of its forests will be central in the strategy, with forest monitoring one of the planned tools to measure and achieve its goals. (In English) Landscape restoration projects and the contribution of the REDD+ Programme to their implementation, both on a national and regional level, were an important part of the discussion at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit, which was held in Yogyakarta at the end of April and attended by around 1 200 experts. (In English) In collaboration with the Government of Canada, FAO is supporting Honduras in its efforts to improve forest governance through a project aimed at empowering women and young people by providing them with useful technical and managerial abilities. (In Spanish) Practitioners of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) are invited to join the online knowledge-sharing forum “Forest and landscape restoration: Participatory approaches and monitoring” and the related webinar, on Wednesday 23 May from 15:30 to 17:00 (UTC + 2/ CESTRome). More info as well as the enrolment form can be found here. And dont forget to have a look at the high-profile forestry positions FAO is currently offering to better manage its manifold development programmes.