Global Forest Resources Assessments

Geospatial tools

On 5 March 2018 FRA has launched a new online platform for reporting on the status and trends of the world's forest resources, developed by FAO with financial support from the European Union and the Government of Finland.

The platform will be used for the FRA 2020 report. It contains a number of new features including improved data entry and data visualization, and review and analysis functions. To further facilitate the reporting process, especially for countries where forest information is limited or not available, the platform provides some geospatial modules to access related external information as well as geospatial data from global remote sensing products.

The modules are located in the Google Earth Engine interface and for the first time will provide free access to vast global data repositories and analytical tools alongside the computing power of Google. The modules make it easy even for people without prior remote-sensing experience to access satellite imagery and other geospatial data to monitor national forest cover and land-use changes over time. The scope of the new platform is not limited to forest assessments only. It serves other reporting needs as well, including its significant contribution to the implementation of 2030 Agenda and to the forest related indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).