Forest monitoring and assessment
Preparing for the Global Forest Survey
11-13 November 2015, Rome
This week, FAO will bring together around 30 country representatives and forestry experts from research institutions and intergovernmental organizations to consolidate the planning for the Global Forest Survey (GFS) project.
The project will establish a global network of forestry sample plots to produce freely available and comparable forest data about the characteristics and health status of specific forest ecosystems (not limited by country borders). As well as promoting free and open data policies for forestry field data, the project will provide improved estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and removals factors associated with forest and other natural ecosystems.
To do so, GFS will establish a partnership of technical and research organizations to collect forest inventory data. National and international policy-makers, researchers, NGOs, and the international conventions (UNFCCC, CBD, UNCCD) will be able to use the findings to support better decision-making, improved implementation of international processes and more robust scientific understanding and analysis of forest ecosystems.
The forestry experts will prepare background papers on data policy, management and licensing issues; design and measurement protocols; partnership governance and outreach; and methodology for final endorsement by the project's Founding Committee in 2016.
Implemented by FAO, the project is supported by the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) of Germany.
Specific objectives of the Global Forest Survey