FAO sets standards to improve national forest monitoring systems
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10 October 2014, Rome – FAO has launched a set of free software tools in the hope that it will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests. Deforestation and forest degradation – which occurs largely in developing countries - are among the largest sources of carbon emissions globally caused by humans. The software - known as Open Foris - is designed to assist countries through the entire lifecycle of a forest inventory – from assessment, design and field data collection to analysis and reporting.

To explain more about why these new tools are necessary is David Morales, a Forestry Officer with FAO in Rome.
4min. 14sec.

Documentary: Free forestry software in the battle against climate change. Producers: Charlotte Windle, Maria De Cristofaro and Blue Bear production.
04min. 19sec.
Topic(s): Biodiversity, Climate change, Environment/Natural resources, Forestry
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari
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