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Annex 2
Abstract of technical reports and important field documents on which conclusions and recommendations are based

1.     PROJECT OVERVIEW - Documents of general nature on the Project

Report on the Expert Consultation (May 1990) FRA 1990 Project

This report contains a review of the Project methodology by the experts and their recommendations, with particular reference to continuous forest inventory design and expansion of the Project activities related to environmental function of forests.

Problems Associated with Estimations of Deforestation and Proposed Methodology for the Project, Background Paper 1 (May 1990) FRA 1990 Project

This short report analyses the problems involved in assessment of deforestation based on existing data and highlights the need for continuous forest monitoring based on remote sensing.

Report of the In-depth Review of the Forest Resources Assessment 1990 Project (April 1992, in English and French) Mission report

This report contains a critical review of the Project's performance covering all objectives, activities and outputs of the Project follow-up.

2.     DESIGN I - Modelling Approach

2.1   Compilation of existing information

Guidelines for Assessment based on Existing Survey Data (July 1991, in English, French, Spanish) FRA 1990 Project

These guidelines provide data definition and their classification together with instructions for collection and coding of data in a tabular format.

2.2   Data processing

Forest Resource Information System (FORIS) User Guide

Guide to GIS Databases of the Forest Resources Assessment 1990 Project (June 1991) FRA 1990 Project

The above publications provide an overview of all Project databases, both statistical and spatial.

2.3   Modelling

Estimating and Projecting Forest Area at Global and Local Level: a step forward (November 1990) R. Scotti, FRA 1990 Project

This is an important report providing an in-depth discussion of the Project model.

3.     DESIGN II - Remote Sensing based Forest Resources Assessment

3.1   Application of Remote Sensing

Methods and Procedures for Assessment of Tropical Forest Area and Change using High Resolution Satellite Data (October 1990) FRA 1990 Project

This document was the first overview of problems involved in, and suggested approach to, design of the Project activities related to remote sensing.

Procedure for Interpretation and Compilation of High Resolution Satellite Data for Assessment of Forest Cover State and Change (October 1991) R. Drigo, FRA 1990 Project (in English, French and Spanish)

This is a fundamental document providing detailed guidance on the remote sensing procedure used by the Project.

3.2   The Sample Survey Design

The Sample Survey Design (April 1991) FRA 1990 Project

This publication describes the sample survey design based on remote sensing and the estimated magnitude of sampling error.

Evaluation of the Sample Survey Design of the Forest Resources Assessment 1990 Project (March 1992) Prof. D.R. Pelz, University of Freiburg, Germany

This evaluation of the Project sample survey design was made by IUFRO Group on Biometrics and is very interesting for its in-depth comments.

Recommended Procedures for Analysis of Multi-date Remote Sensing Data of FRA 1990 Project (1992) Ranneby, Swedish Royal College of Forestry, Sweden

This document presents statistical formulae for analysis of the Project's remote sensing results.


Assessment of Tropical Forest Plantation Resource (May 1992) D. Pandey, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

This document presents the findings of plantation study in the tropics.

Assessing the Conservation Status of the World's Tropical Forest (June 1992) a contribution to FRA 1990 Project by World Conservation Monitoring Centre, United Kingdom

This study presents an assessment of the conservation areas in the tropics.

Status of Plant and Animal Inventories for Protected Areas in the Tropics (May 1992) World Conservation Monitoring Centre, United Kingdom

This study presents the current status of inventories of protected areas and shows that very few protected areas have been researched on species diversity.

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