Global Forest Resources Assessments
In focus

Forest loss slows globally as sustainable management grows

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment shows that 10 million hectares a year of forest cover have been lost since 2015

FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) provides essential information for understanding the extent of forest resources, their condition, management and uses. 

The latest of these assessments, FRA 2020, examines the status of, and trends in, more than 60 forest-related variables in 236 countries and territories in the period 1990–2020. FRA 2020 data were collected using commonly agreed terms and definitions through a transparent, traceable reporting process and a well-established network of officially nominated national correspondents that covers 187 countries and territories. More than 700 people were directly involved in this process.

FRA 2020 Results

FRA 2020 Key findings

The Key Findings of FRA 2020 present a synoptic view of the world’s forests and the ways in which the resources have changed in the period 1990-2020.

Also available as digital report, an innovative resource presenting the main findings from FRA 2020 through responsive data visualizations.

FRA 2020 Main Report

The FRA 2020 Main Report contains the detailed findings of the data analysis, comprising the status of and main trends in each variable.

Country Reports

Access to 236 country and territory reports containing documentation of references and original data used for reporting to FRA 2020.

Access FRA data

A new way to explore FRA data! Access to the complete FRA 2020 database through the interactive platform and dashboards. 

Maps

Access to FRA 2020 maps on key variables.

Social media kit

Access press releases here and other communication material, and join the conversation on social media with #FRA2020 with a full social media package.


FRA 2020 Terms and Definitions

This document contains a comprehensive list of terms and definitions as well as explanatory notes for FRA 2020 reporting variables.  

FRA 2020 Guidelines and Specifications

This document provide information about the country reporting process, including an introduction to the new FRA 2020 on-line reporting platform.  

FRA is the mechanism for collecting data and reporting on two forest-related indicators of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, data submitted to FRA contribute to reporting on SDG goal 15 – Life on Land - indicators 15.1.1 (forest area as a proportion of total land area) and 15.2.1 (progress towards sustainable forest management).

Since 1990, FRAs have complemented the information collected through the country reporting process with remote sensing. FRA 2020 continues this tradition through a participatory global remote sensing survey (RSS), to derive independent regional and global estimates of forest area and its changes and improve the capacity of developing countries to use the latest remote sensing data and products.

Publications

Partners

  • European Union
  • Ministry of foreign affairs - Finland
  • Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)
  • Global Environment Facility

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