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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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    Annotated bibliography forest cover change: Nepal 2001
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    The world's forests are changing, in quantity and quality, and 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)? F RA 2000 conducted two pilot studies on forest cover change (positive and negative) in Nepal and Guatemala. Country selection was based on the importance of the forestry sector in the development process of each country. The Nepal case study was developed in co-operation with national and international institutions that provided the best available information regarding the major factors, situations and processes that have an impact on forest and land cover change (deforestation, reforestation, af forestation, degradation).
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    Field documentation of forest cover changes for the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 2000
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    FAO, at the request of member nations and the world community, regularly monitors the world’s forests through the Forest Resources Assessment Programme. The next report, the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (FRA 2000), will review the forest situation by the end of the millennium. FRA 2000 will include country-level information based on existing forest inventory data, regional investigations of land-cover change processes, and a number of global studies focusing on the interaction between people and forests. The FRA 2000 report is made public at the end of the year. Findings will be distributed on the World Wide Web in the year 2000. One component of FRA 2000 is a survey of forest cover changes using satellite remote sensing. The survey is based on a pan-tropical sample of 117 Landsat TM images from three points in time during the period 1980-2000. The images are interpreted as to observable changes in the forest cover, and will provide objective estimates on a regional level. T his working paper documents both quantitatively and qualitatively three observed forest cover changes in the northeastern part of Thailand. The objectives and methodology of the RSS are described in detail in the Forest Resources Assessment Working Paper number eight.

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