What FAO has done: In conducting its assessments, FAO has placed a strong emphasis on capacity development. Reporting format and guidelines are prepared in five languages, an initial global training workshop is held, followed by regional and sub-regional workshops to review first draft reports and discuss any issues. Key outcomes are:
• 233 country reports following a standard format;
• a main report summarising the findings for 90 broad variables covering seven themes of sustainable forest management;
• policy briefs, maps and educational material.
Meanwhile, the Forest Resources Assessment 2010 Remote Sensing Survey built capacity to make use of remote sensing imagery to assess challenges to forest areas over time. The assessments also provide:
· Baseline information at the global and regional level on trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation and natural expansion of forests over the past 30 years;
· A global framework and commonly agreed methodology for monitoring forest change;
· An information gateway providing easy access to remote-sensing imagery;
· Enhanced capacity in all countries for monitoring, assessing and reporting on forests and land use changes.
What Next? Each new forest resources assessment begins with an evaluation of the previous five-year assessment. Broad consultation with colleagues from other forest-related organizations is required to identify new reporting needs and to streamline forest-related reporting, followed by consultation with the network of national correspondents. USD 20 million was provided through in-kind contributions by countries and partner organizations for FRA 2010 and further funding is required for the 2015 Report.