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FOREST EUROPE and UNECE/FAO launch interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe

Published:20 December 2011

Geneva

A web-based resource tool based on the joint FOREST EUROPE/ECE/FAO State of Europe's Forests 2011 report was released today; containing the new unpublished data on forests, forest management and forest industry in the pan-European region. In addition to the English version, for the first time the database is available in Russian.

This new information tool, which builds on a database released for the previous State of Europe's Forests report, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the status and trends of forests and forest management in Europe. Based on 6 pan-European criteria for sustainable forest management, the database offers tremendous knowledge on 31 quantitative indicators to anyone interested in learning more about Europe’s forest-related data and activities.

In addition to characteristics of European forests and forestry data in general, the user also has access to information on the balance of carbon in forest ecosystems, forest health condition, status of forest biodiversity as well as information on wood energy. Aspects of production, including wood and non-wood products and services, are presented along with information on protected forest areas. The database also provides information on social and economic aspects of the forestry sector.

In line with the structure of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, the data are presented in a way that illustrates trends of chosen variables for the years 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2010. The interface enables online review and simple analysis, but also allows selective extraction of the requested data in different formats.

The database is available at: http://w3.unece.org/pxweb/. These data are presented alongside other statistical data from different parts of the UNECE work programme. The FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit Oslo and UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section encourage the international community to take advantage of this valuable resource, and to make suggestions for further improvement.

Additional information on State of Europe's Forests 2011 including the main report, country reports on qualitative and quantitative indicators, reports on European Forest Types, data and definitions is available at, http://www.unece.org/forests/fr/outputs/soef2011

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Roman Michalak
Forest
Resources Officer
UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
Email: roman.michalak@unece.org
Website: http://www.unece.org/forests


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