Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015)

The 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015) continues the tradition of seeking to describe the world’s forests – a tradition that began in 1948.  FRA 2015 development began in June 2011 as the FRA Advisory Group discussed the FRA Long-Term Strategy and the implications for FRA 2015.  The design process has involved users, national correspondents and experts from a wide variety of technical backgrounds.  Countries representing some 75% of the world’s forest area have so far contributed to constructing FRA 2015 content.

FRA 2015 seeks to continue finding ways to improve the quality, relevance and accessibility of data and analysis.  For the first time, a strategic communications plan is being prepared based on a broad-based user survey that seeks both input from previous FRA users as well as an understanding of why non-users have not used the FRA.  Capacity building plans are underway to ensure that opportunities are provided to interested countries to incorporate remote sensing into country reporting and to extend the value of hard work done by National Correspondents into preparing Country Reports to broader domestic audiences.  Remote sensing will continue to be an important part of the FRA – and in 2015 it will expand the previous analysis by adding data for 2010, conducting global and regional analyses and helping selected countries enhance their use of imagery and analysis in their national statistics.

Finally, FRA 2015 will seek to help reduce the forest-related reporting burden countries face. This will include the approach of updating the FRA 2010 country reports rather than starting with blank templates, pre-filling of data for countries and eliminating some of the more difficult variables. It will also introduce the new Collaborative Forest Resources Questionnaire (CFRQ).  The CFRQ is being developed with regional data collection partners The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Forest Europe, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Observatory of Central African Forests (OFAC) in cooperation with countries of the Montreal Process to collect data on selected variables just once. These data will then be shared among the data collection partners so that countries do not need to report the same numbers more than once – and the partners all use the same data in analyses and reporting.

Documents will be sent out to National Correspondents in January 2013. The FRA 2015 main report will be released at the World Forestry Congress in September 2015.

last updated:  Monday, June 18, 2012