FAO leads a global effort to improve knowledge on the world's forests and forestry

FAO has been coordinating global forest resources assessments every five to ten years since 1946. The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005) is the most comprehensive assessment to date. More than 800 people have been involved, including 172 officially nominated national correspondents, their colleagues, an Advisory Group, international experts, FAO staff, consultants and volunteers from around the world.

Information collected and analysed from 229 countries and territories

FAO worked closely with countries and specialists in the design and implementation of FRA 2005 - through regular contact, expert consultations, training for national correspondents and ten regional and subregional workshops. The outcome is better data, a more transparent reporting process and enhanced national capacity in data analysis and reporting: a truly global win-win partnership resulting in improved knowledge on the world's forests and forestry.

A broad range of variables - from timber to soil protection, biological diversity to recreational use

FRA 2005 is the most comprehensive assessment of forests and forestry to date - not only in terms of the number of countries and people involved, but also in terms of scope. It examines the current status and recent trends for about 40 variables covering the extent, condition, uses and values of forests and other wooded land, with the aim of assessing all benefits from forest resources. Key findings are presented according to six themes defining sustainable forest management:

  • Extent of forest resources
  • Forest health
  • Biological diversity
  • Productive functions of forest resources
  • Protective functions of forest resources
  • Socio-economic functions of forest resources

last updated:  Tuesday, November 14, 2006