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National forestry departments/ministries have the ultimate responsibility for the management of the forests in their jurisdictions. GOFC-GOLD will help these organizations view their forests in a continental and global context. Since it is not practical to try to set up direct communication between GOFC and the hundreds of forest ministries worldwide, GOFC-GOLD intends to make use of the FAO regional forest commissions, and other regional organizations for this purpose.

Two national forest agencies that have played a key role in GOFC-GOLD's development are the Canadian Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service. The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) has contributed expertise in many areas to the GOFC-GOLD design process including remote sensing for forest inventory, forest inventory update, monitoring and mapping of fires, and information requirements for policy and reporting at the national level. It is expected to continue to participate in the specification and development of GOFC-GOLD products. The USDA Forest Service (USFS) has contributed expertise in forest inventory, forest fire information, and the use of information derived from earth-observation and other sources in international policy development.

Other national agencies are expected to contribute to, and benefit from GOFC-GOLD, in such areas as remote sensing research, development of climate models, and the development and implementation of policies based on more accurate and reliable forest information. For example, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), the main research branch of the Environment Agency (EA) of Japan, has contributed its expertise in the use of data from coarse resolution sensors to the GOFC-GOLD design process.

The Earth Resources Observation Satellite (EROS) Data Centre (EDC) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has contributed personnel and expertise to the development of GOFC-GOLD. It offers strong capabilities in the areas of satellite data reception, preprocessing, archive, and distribution of data, as well as increasing expertise in the production of wide-area derived products. EDC has been central in the production of a 1-km resolution global land cover characteristics database.

Other national agencies who have played a role in GOFC-GOLD are: Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), Forest Survey of India (FSI), and Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Rescursos Naturais Renovaveis (IBAMA).

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