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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.

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Ministerio del Ambiente, Peru. Inventario Nacional Forestal. Online video clip. YouTube, 6 November 2013. Last accessed 02.02.15.