Forest Resources Assessment - Introduction
The objective of the UNECE/FAO Timber and Forestry programme is to strengthen the forest sector and its contribution to sustainable development throughout the UNECE region. This integrated programme has five work areas, including one on Forest Resources Assessment.
The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section monitors all aspects of forest, forest resources, their functions and services in the region, and makes available the information on the state of forests in the UNECE region. It provided regional inputs to the global Forest Resource Assessments 2010 and 2015. The Section works with partners in countries, international organisations and the scientific community to collect information according to agreed standards and rules, improve the quality of the information, notably by ensuring international comparability, storing, disseminating and analyzing the information and helping countries to strengthen their capacity in this area.
Increasingly, information is organized according to internationally agreed sets of criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management.
Work area 1 comprises the following programme elements:
• Collection, validation and dissemination of statistics on forest resources, products, functions and services, sustainable forest management.
• Analysis and assessment of the state of forests, sustainability of forest management (System for the Evaluation of the Management of Forests SEMAFOR)
• Cooperation and support to international processes in sustainable forest management, including the development and use of regional Criteria and Indicators and the preparation of the report on the State of Europe’s Forests.
• Developing methodologies for data collection, analysis and assessments on all aspects of forests and forest resources, their functions and services, and sustainable forest management.