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Forest Inventory

The Forest Inventory Module is intended for people involved in the collection of data on forest resources. It provides insights into the types and purposes of forest inventories and sets out the main steps in conducting them, from measurement methods to data collection.

The module provides basic and more detailed information on forest inventory, as well as links to forest inventory tools and case studies of effective forest inventories.

The document presents: (1) methods for estimating biomass density of tropical forests or tree formations using existing data, (2) examples of calculations on how the different methodologies are used, (3) describe primary data and measurement requirements, (4) present biomass density estimates for many tropical countries using the methods given....
There is a high level of interest in measuring the quantity of carbon in tropical forests as a result of the development of initiatives such as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), that aim to provide funding for achieving the preservation of these ecosystems. Ground-based forest inventories remain an...
An effort is under way worldwide to better manage our planet's forest resources and better enhance their role in mitigating climate change. Forest loss and degradation in developing countries account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Monitoring and reducing these emissions has been the key goal for the...
A vibrant forestry industry can mean a brighter future for nations that pursue modern, sustainable forestry management practices: more and better jobs; lower environmental impact; a carbon neutral industry; and a renewable, sustainable approach to economic development. Viet Nam is receiving help to achieve these very goals from Finland's government...
This video presents the activities related to The National Forest Inventory in Ecuador. Interviews and field techniques are also included.
This video presents the activities related to The National Forest Inventory in Ecuador. Interviews and field techniques are also included.
This video reports the activities related to the National Forest Inventory in Ecuador. Interviews and field techniques are also presented.
This video explains the activities related to The National Forest Inventory in Kyrgyzstan.
This video explains the activities related to The National Forest Inventory in the Philippines, now entered in its second phase.
The video (in Spanish) provides a summary of the National Forest Inventory carried out in Nicaragua during 2007-2008. Images and interviews present details of the activities connected to FAOs support to National Forest Monitoring and Assessment programme.
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