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    Global planted forest thematic - supplement to Forest Resources Assessment 2005 - Guidelines for National Reporting Tables for Planted Forests 2005
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    Globally, according to FRA 2000, planted forests accounted for only 5% of forest area, but up to 35% of industrial roundwood supply. This is anticipated to rise to 40-44% by 2020. Planted forests reflect a higher social, environmental and economic importance than their area would suggest. Many countries have existing planted forest data that is not based upon forest inventory, is incomplete and often outdated. Thus it is difficult to measure and plan the quantity and quality of planted forest re sources and the provision of goods and services that they supply. FAO through the kind assistance of all the member countries is concluding the Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005), the exercise on data collection for the most important parameters useful to assess the status and trends of forests and their goods and services in the world. The Planted Forest Thematic Study will supplement and complement the work undertaken by FRA 2005 for selected countries, by providing more detail for th e Planted Component of Semi-Natural Forests and Plantation Forests (Productive and Protective). This information and data will allow analyses on the regional and global status and trends for Planted Forest development, to assist in improving formulation of policies, outlook studies, planning, management, monitoring and reporting. This Working Paper contains background explanations and questionnaire guidelines to assist FRA National Correspondents and Planted Forest Specialists in the selected co untries to complete the survey tables. This is the first time that the Planted Component of Semi-Natural Forests has been combined with Plantation Forests to make up the Planted Forest Sub-group. This is being done to provide a more realistic picture of the status and trends of wood, fibre, non-wood forest products and services from Planted Forests.
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    FRA 2000 annotated bibliography forest cover change - Belize 2000
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    The world's forests are changing in quantity and quality, in both positive and negative ways. This process is associated with social, economic and environmental factors. These factors are not always presented in a comprehensive way, based on all available information, and free of preconceived ideas or biases. What are the factors that motivate people to plant or cut trees and forests (human driving forces)? What are the natural phenomena that affect forest cover (natural driving forces)? Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000), a priority programme within the FAO Forestry Department, is executed at the request of all FAO member countries. FRA 2000 is based on country-level information from national inventories, research projects, national consultations and various studies that provide information on forest cover, volume and change over time. With the assistance of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) of Costa Rica, FRA 2000 carried out a literature review of positive as well as negative changes in the forest cover of Mesoamerica, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. The present paper presents the results for Belize. They were produced with the cooperation of national and international institutions, which supplied the best available information with respect to the principal factors, situations and processes that have an impact on the change of forest cover and land use (cutting of trees, reforestation, afforestation and degradation).
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    Rehabilitation of degraded sites 2001
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    This issue of Unasylva focuses on the techniques, but also the policy and social aspects, of rehabilitating particular degraded sites through forestry.

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