Title: Improving Access, Utility and Analyses of FAO Forestry Statistics via Geographic Web-based Services
Citation: IEEE Earthzine
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC76998
URI: http://www.earthzine.org/2012/06/01/improving-access-utility-and-analyses-of-fao-forestry-statistics-via-geographic-web-based-services/
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Forests cover about four billion hectares, or 30 percent, of the Earth’s land area (FAO, 2010). At all spatial scales, from global to local, trees and forests play a critical role in human livelihoods, as well as ecosystem function and health. Monitoring the forest resource requires accurate and timely information on both extent and area change over time. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) evaluates and compiles data on the state of the world’s forests in the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA). The FRA, published every five to 10 years since 1948, summarizes forestry statistics reported by all 233 countries around the world, and provides a critical baseline for global efforts to improve the sustainable management of forests.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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