National Forest Monitoring

FAO at the frontline in monitoring forests and ecosystems

Faced with a climate emergency, countries are stepping up their actions to keep the rise in global average temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels- a goal outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Halting deforestation and forest degradation and restoring degraded ecosystems are key nature-based solutions to climate change. Forest-positive policies and actions also have many non-carbon benefits, including food security, poverty alleviation, health, enhanced biodiversity, improved governance and the protection of other vital environmental services.

The drivers of deforestation and forest degradation are numerous, but innovative technology and increased capacity are making a positive difference in tracking land use and forest cover change. National forest monitoring generates transparent and accurate information on the status and trends of countries' forests and land cover, which is fundamental to achieving global climate goals and for countries to make informed decisions in relation to the protection and sustainable management of forest resources. FAO’s work on national forest monitoring is driven by innovation, capacity development, and partnership.

Forest data for people and climate



  • Nicfi
  • UK
  • Federal
  • Prime
  • GFOI
  • FCPF
  • GEF
  • MAFF
  • BioCarbonFund
  • CAFI