The FAO Forestry Department maintains an array of online databases where information covering various aspects of forestry is stored for analysis and further dissemination.

The very first article of the basic texts of FAO, covering functions of the organization states:

1. The Organization shall collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information relating to nutrition, food and agriculture. In this Constitution, the term "agriculture" and its derivatives include fisheries, marine products, forestry and primary forestry products.


  FAOSTAT-Forestry provides annual production and trade statistics for forest products, primarily wood products such as roundwood, sawnwood, wood panels, pulp and paper. 
     
  The Global Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) are produced every five years to provide a consistent approach to describing the world’s forests and how they are changing.
     
    The FAO Forestry Photos database contains more than 2 000 forestry-related images searchable by such fields as country, region, keyword, caption, human and forestry content and photographer. 
     
  REFORGEN is the FAO global information system on forest genetic resources. The database contains information on forest tree species and their genetic management as well as information on national institutions active in this field.
     
  The online CPF Sourcebook on Funding for Sustainable Forest Management has been developed to help users efficiently locate global funding sources for sustainable forest management projects.  
     
  The GlobAllomeTree tool is the web-based platform designed to improve global access to tree allometric equations and support forest and climate-change project developers, researchers, scientists and foresters to assess forest volume and biomass, and carbon stocks.

last updated:  Wednesday, June 18, 2014