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Monitoring the world's forests

FAO has been monitoring the world’s forests since 1946 through regular assessments conducted with its member countries. FAO now works with partners to use remote sensing and cloud-based super computers to help countries monitor and report on forests and develop climate change mitigation plans and data-driven land-use policies. The Global Forest Resources Assessment presents a comprehensive view of the world’s forests and the ways in which the extent of forest resources, their condition, management and use is changing. 

FAO also compiles global statistics on the production and consumption of forest products, pulp and paper production capacities and recovered paper data surveys. The FAO Yearbook of Forest Products is a compilation of statistical data on basic forest products for all countries and territories of the world.

At a national level, FAO also supports countries to develop national forest monitoring systems, forest product statistics and socioeconomic surveys to improve national forest information. 


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A new programme for Accelerating Innovative Monitoring of Forests (AIM4Forests), led by FAO, has supported 11 countries and trained over one thousand people in its first year.
Discover how the groundbreaking Open Foris platform can restore and protect forests.
Find out how innovation and technology have transformed countries' ability to monitor and report on their forests in this digital story.
Technological innovation has vastly improved our ability to monitor the world’s forests
Showcasing transformative innovations that are being used to help countries halt deforestation and forest degradation.


AIM4 Forests
AIM4Forests: Accelerating innovative monitoring for forests

FAO and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have launched AIM4Forests, a five-year programme that aims to support forest monitoring...

Good practices in sample-based area estimation
Good practices in sample-based area estimation

This paper seeks to enable donors, academia and countries that currently use or want to use sample-based area estimation for generating data for REDD+...

Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest)
Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest)

CBIT-Forest aims to enhance the quality, timeliness, accessibility, and usability of forest-related data, in line with the enhanced transparency framework...


International Day of Forests 2024: New solutions for a better world

Innovation is unlocking the forests’ long-kept secrets and allowing us to use trees in ways we never imagined possible.

Harnessing innovation: Papua New Guinea's role in AIM4Forests programme

AIM4Forests, a programme by the FAO and the UK, aims to halt deforestation and restore degraded land by 2030 using advanced technology. Launched in...

New frontiers in forestry innovations

Forests are one of the planet’s greatest resources, but climate change and human impact pose growing threats.  Across the world, forestry innovations...

Can AI help to protect manage and restore forests?

Julian Fox, Senior Forestry Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), discusses how AI can be a gamechanger in helping...

Science and innovation for connecting forests and people

The event showcases the innovative work of FAO and its partners to understand the interlinked challenges facing forests and forest-proximate peoples...

SEPAL: A powerful, open-source platform for forest and land monitoring

SEPAL is a freely available, open-source, powerful computing platform that helps users make efficient and effective use of satellite data for autonomous...

Introduction to the Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring Platform

The Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) platform has been developed for tracking progress of efforts to restore degraded ecosystems,...

Insight into the Global Forest Resources Assessment process

Reliable information on the status of the world’s forest resources and their ongoing trends is crucial to halting deforestation and managing forests...

Soil carbon monitoring in Tanzania

Deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries account for nearly 20% of green house gas emissions worldwide, which is why estimating...

Papua New Guinea: First national forest inventory and biodiversity survey

Papua New Guinea is embarking on its first national forest inventory (NFI) under the arrangements for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest...

Elearning Academy

Using land-cover information to monitor progress on Sustainable Development Goal 15
Using land-cover information to monitor progress on Sustainable Development Goal 15

This course provides a basic understanding of land-cover data and its use for monitoring progress towards the achievement of international agreed goals,...

Measurement, reporting and verification for environmental integrity: Introductio
Measurement, reporting and verification for environmental integrity: Introduction

This course highlights the importance of forests in climate change mitigation and how quality measurement, verification and reporting (MRV) is needed...

Why a national forest inventory?
National forest inventory series

This e-learning series describes the key phases of an NFI, from planning to implementation, and from data gathering to reporting in 8 courses.