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 2 comprises the following programme elements:
- Collecting, validating and disseminating information according to criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management
- Regional contribution to FAO Forest Resource Assessment 2010
- Implementing sustainable forest management through support to developing national systems for forest monitoring
- Improving information on forest types
- Reporting on and analysis of the state of forests in the UNECE region
- Monitoring and analysing forest ownership and tenure