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.

  Open Foris is an FAO-led initiative to develop, share and support specialized software tools required by countries and institutions to implement multi-purpose forest inventories. It is a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitates flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting.
  FAOSTAT-Forestry provides annual production and trade statistics for forest products, primarily wood products such as roundwood, sawnwood, wood panels, pulp and paper. 
  The Sustainable Forest Management Toolbox collates a large number of tools, case studies and other resources, organised in modules. It has been created to provide forest owners, managers and other stakeholders with easy access to those resources for the implementation of SFM.
    The Forest Land Use Data Explorer (FLUDE) is an online portal that allows data analysis of FRA and other FAO data sources. 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.
  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:  Thursday, May 10, 2018