The Global Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) are based on data that countries provide to FAO in response to a common questionnaire. FAO then compiles and analyses the information and presents the current status of the world’s forest resources and their changes over time. The scope of the assessments has gradually expanded. The first assessments were focused on wood supply in response to fears of a wood shortage after the Second World War. Today, the assessments have a much wider scope, providing a holistic perspective on global forest resources, their management and uses. By addressing seven broad topics aimed at monitoring progress towards sustainable forest management, the Global Forest Resources Assessments provide valuable information to policy-makers in individual countries, to international negotiations and arrangements related to forests and to the general public.