Information note 2, 18 July 2003

- Invitation -

Dear Colleague,

The preparations for the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005) are proceeding. More than 100 National correspondents have now been nominated by their respective Governments. The specification of FRA 2005 contents is well underway and pilot assessments have started in a number of countries to test methods and approaches. We look forward to your contributions and participation.

In our earlier ¿Welcome note¿ you were informed about the National correspondents training sesssion on assessing and monitoring forest land use and changes. We are now pleased to confirm the dates of the training that will be held in FAO Headquarters from 17 to 21 November 2003. All National correspondents are invited to the training in their capacity as officially nominated focal points of their country for FRA 2005. The objective of the training session is to acquire information and knowledge for preparing country reports to FRA 2005.

The country reports to FRA 2005 will have two major components:
  1. Sixteen globally standardized tables based on data provided by countries and,
  2. Thematic report, based on 6 themes related to the Criteria and Indicator processes, that complements the global tables by providing more specific and unique information for each country

The draft Guidelines for country reporting to FRA 2005, draft specification of the sixteen global tables, and the draft terms and definitions to be used in FRA 2005 are enclosed herewith, for your information. Please note that a second version of these documents will be prepared before the training session in November and they will be finalized after the training session, taking comments and suggestions into consideration.

Should you have queries or comments related to this background material, please feel free to get in touch with us. Please also note that all material is posted at and will also be published in French and Spanish.

In the training session, simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Spanish during plenary sessions while working groups will be organized according to FAO Regional Forestry Commissions and common languages criteria. Should you have any special request related to your attendance, please let us know as soon as possible. As per customary practice, the meeting organizers will seek possibilities to take charge of the costs pertaining to the travel of participants from developing and transition countries. Further information about the meeting will be provided at a later stage.

Please do not hesitate to enquire further information.

Enquiries may be sent to and

Yours sincerely

P. Holmgren
Forest Resources Development Service
Forest Resources division

last updated:  Monday, February 6, 2006