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Data and Assessment


Data collection and reporting in the UNECE region consists of (a) collection, validation and dissemination of forest statistics on: resources, products, functions and services, progress toward sustainable forest management, policies, institutions, and the contribution of the forest sector to a green economy; (b) assessment of the state of forests, sustainability of forest management and forest products markets; and (c) contribution to international processes on sustainable forest management, including on the development and use of regional criteria and indicators and in the preparation of the report on the State of Europe’s Forests.

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First results of the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 are out!

On 7 May 2020 the FAO released the key findings of the FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020). The release was the first step in the process of the dissemination of the FRA 2020 which examines the status of, and trends in, more than 60 forest-related variables in 236 countries and territories in the period 1990–2020.

According to the report, today there are 4.06 billion hectares of forest, equal to 0.52 hectare for each person on Earth. On a net basis, including forest expansions, the world's forest area has declined by 4.7 million hectares a year during the last decade.  Deforestation continues, albeit at a slower rate, with 10 million hectares of forest being converted to other land uses every year since 2015, down from 12 million hectares a year in the previous five years.

One notable upside captured by the new assessment is that the area of forest in protected areas globally has increased by 191 million hectares since 1990 and now 18 percent of the world's forests are located within protected areas, with South America home to the highest share of these. That means that the world has met and surpassed, for forests, the Aichi Biodiversity Target to protect at least 17 percent of terrestrial area by 2020.

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The Three Little Pigs and Climate Change - the benefits of wood as a low-emission construction material

Wood Energy Efficiency: More Heat with Less Wood ENG/RUS; Albanian version; Georgian version;
Turkish version

Role of Forests in the ECE Region: Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests