State of the World's Forests

The State of the World's Forests reports on the status of forests, recent major policy and institutional developments and key issues concerning the forest sector. It makes current, reliable and policy-relevant information widely available to facilitate informed discussion and decision-making with regard to the world's forests. 


As the global community looks for ways to move to a greener economy, it is increasingly clear that forests, forestry and forest products must play a central role. This tenth edition of State of the World’s Forests explores the role of forests in human history, finding strong links between forest use and economic and social development and between unabated forest destruction and economic decline. It suggests that forest production has an important role to play in a sustainable future in which consumption and production are connected in a closed cycle. It points out the importance of striking a balance between forest conservation and use, and proposes four strategies for ensuring that forests make their vital contribution to a greener, more sustainable world.




The ninth biennial issue of State of the World’s Forests, published at the outset of 2011, the International Year of Forests, considers the theme ‘Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to sustainable development’. It takes a holistic view of the multiple ways in which forests support livelihoods. The chapters assembled for this year’s State of the World’s Forests highlight four key areas that warrant greater attention: regional trends on forest resources; the development of sustainable forest industries; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and the local value of forests. Considered together, these themes provide insights on the true contribution of forests to the creation of sustainable livelihoods and alleviation of poverty.


What will be the impact on forests of future economic development, globalized trade and increases in the world's population? The 2009 edition of the biennial State of the World's Forests looks forward, with the theme "Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future". Part 1 summarizes the outlook for forests and forestry in each region, based on FAO's periodic regional forest sector outlook studies. Past trends and projected demographic, economic, institutional and technological changes are examined to outline the scenario to 2030. Part 2 considers how forestry will have to adapt for the future, focusing on: the global outlook for wood products demand; mechanisms for meeting the demand for environmental services of forests; changes in forest sector institutions; and developments in science and technology. This volume will serve as a source of information to support forest-related policy and research. It is hoped that it will also stimulate creative thinking and debate to enhance the future of the world's forests.



The seventh edition of State of the World’s Forests examines progress towards sustainable forest management. Part I reviews progress region by region. Each regional report is structured according to the seven thematic elements of sustainable forest management agreed by international fora as a framework for sustainable forest management: extent of forest resources; biological diversity; forest health and vitality; productive functions of forest resources; protective functions of forest resources; socio-economic functions; and legal, policy and institutional framework. These summaries are based on the most current information available, including new data, more comprehensive than ever, from the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005). Part II presents selected issues in the forest sector, probing the state of knowledge or recent activities in 18 topics of interest to forestry. Climate change, forest landscape restoration, forest tenure, invasive species, wildlife management and wood energy are just a sampling of the subjects covered. State of the World’s Forests 2007 will be a useful reference for policy-makers, foresters, academics and all readers concerned with the major issues affecting the forest sector today.


State of the World's Forests 2005 has the theme 'realizing the economic benefits from forests' and includes main contributions on: enhancing the economic benefits from forests; economic benefits from agroforestry; the economics of wood energy; impacts of tariffs and non-tariff measures on forest products trade; and violent conflicts in forested areas. The edition also provides an update on issues related to forest resources, forest conservation and management, institutions and the international forest policy dialogue.



State of the World's Forests 2003 provides information on developments and areas of current attention as regards forest resources; the management, conservation and sustainable development of forests; the institutional framework; and the international forest policy dialogue. SOFO 2003 includes contributions from non-FAO authors on such subjects as science and technology in the forest sector; recent trends in fiscal policies in the forest sector in Africa; and the role of forests in poverty alleviation, sustainable use and management of freshwater resources, and biodiversity conservation.





State of the World's Forests 2001 summarizes the results of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000. It covers new sectoral developments and key forest-related issues, including an in-depth look at forests and climate change, the conservation of forest biological diversity, and illegal activities in the forest sector. The forest-related international dialogue is discussed, together with initiatives in support of countries' commitments to work towards sustainable forest management, made at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.





State of the World's Forests 1999 reports on current efforts to assess forest resources; the forest fires of 1997 and 1998; recent trends in forest management; the significance of the Kyoto Protocol of the Framework Convention on Climate Change to the forest sector; current and projected forest products production, consumption and trade; recent trends in forest policy, legislation and institutions; and the international dialogue and initiatives on forests, among other topics.





State of the World's Forests 1997 provides an overall view of the forest sector and puts forestry into a longer-term perspective by examining trends from 1970 to 1997 and by looking ahead to 2010. It is divided into four major parts: situation and prospects for forest conservation and development; policy, planning and institutional arrangements; a special chapter on the development of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management; and six regional highlights which together cover all the countries of the world.






The first edition in the series, State of the World's Forests 1995, analyses the state of forest resources and the role of forests in sustainable development. It includes two regional reviews, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.




last updated:  Monday, June 23, 2014