Forest Resources Assessment 1990 - Global Synthesis - FAO Forestry Paper 124


Forest Resources Assessment 1990

Global Synthesis




Rome, 1995






This report brings together the core of comparable information on the forest of all regions of the world, by country, based on FAOs forest resources assessment 1990.

Main issues are the situation in 1990 and the changes between 1980 and 1990 in the area of forest and other wooded land.

Woody biomass is another important issue. Moreover, the report gives a review of the status of forest resources information; it shows the demographic background and describes the methods used in the assessment.

As a topic of special interest, main results are shown regarding the process of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics.

Disclaimer

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

 FAO 1995


Table of contents


Foreword

Acknowledgements

Tables and figures

Abbreviations

Summary

Chapter I BACKGROUND 1

1 Introduction

2 Objectives of the Gobal Forest Resources Assessment 1990

3 Geographic coverage

4 Implementation of the 1990 assessment

5 Critique of data base sources

Chapter II RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT

1 Global synthesis

2 Developed countries

3 Developing countries

Chapter III SPECIAL ISSUES

1 Experience in the developed countries in gathering information on the role of forests in supplying environmental and other non-wood products and services

2 Survey of the process of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics using high resolution satellite data

Chapter IV CONCLUSIONS

1 General conclusions

2 Specific conclusions on future international activities on forest resources assessment

Bibliography

Annex 1 COUNTRY TABLES

Annex 2 METHODOLOGY AND DEFINITIONS

1 Methodology of assessment for the developed countries

2 Methodology of assessment for the developing countries

3 Definitions


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