Global Forest Resources Assessment
FRA Expert Networks
For the continued provision of timely and reliable data on forest resources, FRA relies on the collective efforts of a global network of correspondents within national authorities and research institutions.
The National Correspondents are responsible for the submission of the country report to the FRA process.
The Advisory Group is informal in nature, but it is acknowledged and endorsed by the statutory bodies of FAO such as the Committee on Forestry (COFO). It is a long-term arrangement with meetings taking place annually.
The Advisory Group is tasked to review and make recommendations aimed to strengthen existing institutional networks, to make future forest resources assessments increasingly user-oriented, demand-driven, and to it more closely linked with other international processes.
Guidance and feedback through expert consultations are key elements in the production and evaluation of FAO's forest resources assessments. In the last 20 years, FAO and its partners have held five expert consultations: 1987, 1993, 1996, 2002 and 2006. The venue for all these consultations was the Kotka College of Forestry and Forest Industry in Finland. Hence, these meetings are often referred to as the Kotka consultations.