Towards FRA 2020: FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment 2020 Expert Consultation kicks off in Joensuu, Finland

©Rudolf Hahn12 June 2017, Rome - More than 70 experts from over 25 countries, international organizations, processes, academia and non-governmental organizations will meet this week at the FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment 2020 Expert Consultation in Joensuu, Finland.

To support decision-makers in improving the sustainable management of forests, FRA provides consistent, up-to-date and accurate data on the world's forests and how they are changing, informing the global community on forests’ contribution to mitigating climate change and on the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Expert Consultation will provide recommendations on the scope of the next global assessment and will agree on standards to ensure increased consistency and accuracy of reporting across countries, organizations and processes.

FRA continuously evolves as needs change, new and better data become available, and new methods and technologies are developed. There have been significant advances in the international forest policy arena, such as the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), and one of FRA’s priorities is to adapt and respond to changing information needs, in terms of scope and reporting periods. FRA is improving and streamlining its global reporting, with the aim of identifying synergies and easing the reporting burden on countries. On a yearly basis, FRA feeds into the SDG process by supplying data on two forestry targets under Goal 15.

The FRA 2020 Expert Consultation is financially supported by the European Union, FAO, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and is organized in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE).

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last updated:  Monday, June 12, 2017