Forest Resources Assessment - WP 51


FAO Workshop
Data Collection for the Pacific Region




4-8 September 2000 Apia, Samoa






The Forest Resources Assessment Programme

Forests are crucial for the well being of humanity. They provide foundations for life on earth through ecological functions, by regulating the climate and water resources and by serving as habitats for plants and animals. Forests also furnish a wide range of essential goods such as wood, food, fodder and medicines, in addition to opportunities for recreation, spiritual renewal and other services.

Today, forests are under pressure from increasing demands of land-based products and services, which frequently leads to the conversion or degradation of forests into unsustainable forms of land use. When forests are lost or severely degraded, their capacity to function as regulators of the environment is also lost, increasing flood and erosion hazards, reducing soil fertility and contributing to the loss of plant and animal life. As a result, the sustainable provision of goods and services from forests is jeopardized.

FAO, at the request of the member nations and the world community, regularly monitors the world’s forests through the Forest Resources Assessment Programme. The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000), reviewed the forest situation by the end of the millennium. FRA 2000 included country-level information based on existing forest inventory data, regional investigations of land-cover change processes and a number of global studies focusing on the interaction between people and forests. The FRA 2000 Main report published in print and on the World Wide Web in 2001.

The Forest Resources Assessment Programme is organized under the Forest Resources Division (FOR) at FAO headquarters in Rome. Contact persons are:

Peter Holmgren peter.holmgren@fao.org

Mohamed Saket mohamed.saket@fao.org

or use the e-mail address: fra@fao.org

DISCLAIMER

The Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Working Paper Series is designed to reflect the activities and progress of the FRA Programme of FAO. Working Papers are not authoritative information sources – they do not reflect the official position of FAO and should not be used for official purposes. Please refer to the FAO forestry website (www.fao.org/forestry) for access to official information.

The FRA Working Paper Series provides an important forum for the rapid release of preliminary findings needed for validation and to facilitate the final development of official quality-controlled publications. Should users find any errors in the documents or have comments for improving their quality they should contact fra@fao.org.

Compiled and edited by Jim Space


Contents


FAO Workshop on Data Collection for the Pacific Region

Introduction

Summary of Workshop Presentations

Monday, 4 September
Welcoming remarks
Opening prayer
Opening address
Opening remarks
Response by FAO
Workshop arrangements and logistics
Workshop overview, objectives and expected outputs – Robert Davis
The Forest Resources Assessment Programme 2000: objectives and processes
State of forest resources, conservation and management in the Pacific Region
Country summary report – American Samoa
Country summary report – Fiji
Country summary report – Papua New Guinea
Watershed management and sustainable mountain development
Summary

Tuesday, 5 September
Country summary report -- Kiribati
Country summary report -- Samoa
Table 1 Remaining forest areas
Table 2 Estimates of land use
Table 3 Land ownership
Table 4 Plantations
Country summary report -- Vanuatu
Forestry and agroforestry alien trees as invasive plants in the Pacific islands
Invasive plants threatening Pacific ecosystems: The Pacific Islands Ecosystems at Risk Project
The SPREP invasive species programme
Country summary report – French Polynesia
Country summary report – Niue
Country summary report – Federated States of Micronesia
Mangroves
Mangrove research
Country summary report – Cook Islands
Country summary report – Tonga
Summary

Wednesday, 6 September
The SPC Forest and Trees Programme
Data gaps and inventory needs for the Pacific region
The FRA information system
Field trip

Thursday, 7 September
FAO plan of action on agriculture in small island developing states
Data validation

Friday, 8 September
Summary of data gaps and how to fill them
Important topics and issues identified by the workshop
Follow-up on data gaps, issues and concerns
Closing

Papers presented at the workshop
Watershed management and sustainable mountain development
Forestry and agroforestry alien trees as invasive plants in the Pacific Islands
Invasive plants threatening Pacific ecosystems: The Pacific Islands Ecosystems at Risk Project
Worldwide distribution of mangroves
Ecological and cultural importance of mangroves in the southwest Pacific
An introduction to the SPC Forests & Trees Programme
FAO’s plan of action for agriculture in small island developing states

Country reports

American Samoa

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Plantations
Volume and biomass
Change in volume and biomass
Forest health and protection
Mangrove Area

Forest management
Forest legislation and policy
Institutions and organisations
Status and trends in forest management
Special programmes and incentives to promote sustainable forest management
Key issues and concerns
Future outlook for the forestry sector

Land ownership

Protected areas

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Contribution of the forestry sector to the country’s economy
Products
Trade (1998)
Fuelwood and wood energy
Non-wood forest products

Forest services
Wildlife habitat and biodiversity

Appendix
Population and trends

Cook Islands

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Information on forest assessments
Plantations

Forest management

Protected areas

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Contribution of the forestry sector to the country’s economy
Products
Trade (1998)

Fiji

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Plantations
Volume and biomass
Change in volume and biomass
Forest health and protection
Mangroves

Forest management
Forest legislation and policy
Status and trends in forest management
Future outlook for the forestry sector

Land ownership

Protected areas

Watershed management

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Contribution of the forestry sector to the country’s economy
Products
Trade (1998)
Fuelwood and wood energy

French Polynesia

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Plantations

Protected areas

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Contribution of the forestry sector to the country’s economy
Products
Trade (1998)

Kiribati

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Information on forest assessments
Plantations
Mangroves

Forest management
Contribution of the forestry sector to the country’s economy
Status and trends in forest management
Forest Policy and Legislation
Institution and organizations
Key issues and concerns
Future outlook for the forestry sector

Protected areas
Policy and legislation
International activities
Administration and management
Systems review

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Products
Trade(1998)

Federated States of Micronesia

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Information on forest assessments
Plantations
Volume and biomass
Forest health and protection
Mangroves

Forest management
Forest management plans

Land ownership

Protected areas
Policy and legislation
International activities
Administration and management
Systems review

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Products
Trade

Niue

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Plantations
Forest health and protection

Forest management
Status and trends in forest management
Future outlook for the forestry sector

Protected areas

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Products
Trade (1998)

Papua New Guinea

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Information on forest assessments
Plantations
Mangroves

Protected areas
Policy and legislation
International activities
Administration and management
Systems review

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Products
Trade
Fuelwood and wood energy

Samoa

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Information on forest assessments
Table 1 - Bibliographic references
Plantations
Volume and biomass
Mangroves

Forest management
Forest legislation and policy
Status and trends in forest management
Future outlook for the forestry sector

Protected areas

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Products
Trade (1998)
Fuelwood and wood energy

Tonga

Resources
Geography
Forest cover
Plantations
Volume and biomass
Change in volume and biomass
Mangroves

Forest management
Forest legislation and policy
Status and trends in forest management
Land ownership

Protected areas

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Contribution of the forestry sector to the country’s economy
Products
Trade (1998)

Vanuatu

Introduction

Resources
Geography
Description of ecological zones
Forest cover
Information on forest assessments
Plantations
Volume and biomass
Sustainable yield estimates
Change in volume and biomass
Forest health and protection
Mangroves

Forest management
Forest legislation and policy
Planning

Institutions and organisations
Status and trends in forest management
Criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management
Natural forests and woodlands
Special programmes and incentives to promote sustainable forest management

Key issues and concerns
Future outlook for the forestry sector

Land ownership

Protected areas

Forest products production, trade and consumption
Contribution of the forestry sector to the country’s economy
Products
1998 Trade Figures from FAO
1999 Trade figures from Vanuatu Departments of Statistics and Forests
Fuelwood and wood energy

Non-wood forest products

Appendix
Additional references
Population and trends

Attachments
Workshop programme
Participants

FRA Working Papers

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