Global forest land-use change 1990-2005

ID:

307562

Language:

EN

Document type:

Book

Description:

This report presents the key findings on forest land use and land-use change between 1990 and 2005 from FAO’s 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment Remote Sensing Survey. It is the first report of its kind to present systematic estimates of global forest land use and change. The ambitious goal of the Remote Sensing Survey was to use remote sensing data to obtain globally consistent estimates of forest area and changes in tree cover and forest land use between 1990 and 2005. Overall, it found that there was a net decrease in global forest area between 1990 and 2005, with the highest net loss in South America. While forest area increased over the assessment period in the boreal, temperate and subtropical climatic domains, it decreased by an average of 6.8 million hectares annually in the tropics. The survey estimated the total area of the world’s forests in 2005 at 3.8 billion hectares, or 30 percent of the global land area. This report is the result of many years of planning and three years of detailed work by staff at FAO and the European Commission Joint Research Centre, with inputs from technical experts from more than 100 countries. Many of these contributors now constitute a valuable global network of forest remote sensing and land-use expertise.

Publication year:

2012

Pages:

43

URL:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/i3110e/i3110e00.htm

Job number:

I3110

ISBN:

9251073995

Department:

FO

Division:

FOD

Series title:

FAO Forestry Paper

Version:

169

PDF:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/i3110e/i3110e.pdf

This document is also available in:
Spanish

Cambio de uso de las tierras forestales mundiales 1990-2005

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French

Changement d'utilisation des terres forestières mondiales 1990-2005

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