Global Forest Resources Assessment
What’s new in the FRA 2010 reporting tables
The FAO Committee on Forestry during its 18th session in March 2007 endorsed the recommendations from the Kotka V Expert Consultation and further “requested that FRA 2010 take into full account the Global Objectives on Forests” of the UNFF.
The recommendations from the Kotka V expert consultation and the Committee on Forestry have been incorporated into the reporting framework for FRA 2010. The major changes in relation to FRA 2005 are outlined below.
The table on forest ownership has been expanded to also include information on how the rights to manage and use public forests have been transferred to different users. Furthermore, ownership now refers to the trees, not to the land. These changes have been included as a result from the conclusions and recommendations of the thematic study on forest ownership carried out as part of FRA 2005.
The table on forest designation has been simplified in that it now only covers forest. Furthermore, reporting on “total area with function” has been removed as it was conceptually difficult and the response rate in FRA 2005 was low.
A table with special categories of forest designation and management has been added, in order to respond to information needs for the C&I processes and the 2010 Biodiversity Target.
The table on forest characteristics has undergone several changes in order to make it clearer and easier to report on. First, the concept of planted forests is introduced instead of forest plantations. Planted forests is a wider concept also covering the planted forest of native species that were considered semi-natural in FRA 2005. Second, the modified natural forests and the naturally regenerated component of the semi-natural forest are now merged into one new category – other naturally regenerated forests.
A table with a few specific forest types has been added. It includes the area of rubber plantations which is important in order to consolidate global land use statistics, as rubber plantations in many statistics are reported as agricultural land use. It also includes the area of mangroves and of bamboo.
A new table on forest establishment and regeneration has been added in order to respond to information needs to monitor progress towards the Global Objectives on Forests.
Commercial growing stock has been replaced with growing stock of commercial species, which is easier to report on as it does not involve assumptions on areas that are legally, technically and economically available for wood supply.
A new table on forest fires has been added, including more information on area and number fires, and the proportion of wildfires and planned fires.
In the table on health and vitality, additional information is requested on major outbreaks of insects and diseases, and on invasive species.
The table on non-wood forest products (NWFP) has been redesigned. Countries are now requested to report on the removed quantity and value of the 10 most important NWFPs.
Four new reporting tables related to the policy, legal and institutional framework have been included. Requested information is limited to variables with global relevance, most of which are quantifiable or simple yes/no questions.