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Dissemination and use of forestry sector information for decision-making at the national and international levels 

F. Padovani

Much has been said about the importance of statistics in decision-making. The two graphs provided hereunder are evidence that realistic forest product statistics have contributed to several outlook studies, over the past 50 years, to make objective analyses of the sector to support policy formulation and investments for FAO’s member countries.

The FAO Forest Products Statistics database (FAOSTAT) displayed below is constructed as an objective collection of data that can be analysed and interpreted on a comparable base. It is available on FAOSTAT online, and via FTP on CD. Around 1 000 users access FAOSTAT online daily.

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