Global Forest Resources Assessment
“A Long-term Strategy for Global Forest Resources Assessment”
Pajulahti, Finland 13-15 September 2011
The Global Forest Resources Assessment Programme (FRA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has received technical guidance and support from international specialists through expert consultations over the last 25 years. The first consultation on global forest resources assessments was held in 1987 and the following consultations took place in 1993, 1996, 2002 and 2006. All consultations have been hosted by the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) with financial support from Finland. This consultation, the 6th, was held on 13–15 September 2011 at the Pajulahti Sport Institute, Nastola (Finland).
More than 39 experts from international organizations, research institutes, NGOs and member countries participated to the Consultation.
The objectives of the Expert Consultation were to discuss the long-term strategy for the Global Forest Resources Assessment, a number of key issues related to planning for FRA 2015 and global forest data collection and exchange. The consultation provided an opportunity for the participants to share their experience on global and regional forest-related reporting mechanisms and technologies currently in use and to formulate specific recommendations on priority topics for additional analytical work in advance of the Ispra I meeting planned for March 2012.