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FRA 2000 - Proceedings of the FAO expert consultation to review the FRA 2000 methodology for regional and global forest change assessment







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    FRA 2000 assessing state and change in global forest cover: 2000 and beyond 2000
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    The United National Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), at the request of the member nations and the world community, regularly reports on status and trends in the world’s forest resources. This paper briefly describes the methods used in past surveys, describes the data and methods to be used to complete the 2000 Forest Resource Assessments, and proposes a follow-on continuous world forest survey system to enable FAO to provide the necessary information on a permanent basis. This paper is based on a background document and on the results of an Expert Advisory Meeting on FRA 2000 held in Rome, Italy on March 6-10, 2000. Keywords: Inventory, Assessment, Monitoring, Global, Satellite, Tropical
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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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    FRA 2000 - Planning and information needs assessment for forest fires component 2000
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    The mission of FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment Programme is to provide the world community reliable information to describe and understand the situation of the world's forests and related resources and how they change over time. The assessments are carried out jointly by FAO, Rome, and UN-ECE/FAO, Geneva, in cooperation with member countries and partners. FAO is directly responsible for information for developing countries, as well as a global synthesis, and UN-ECE/FAO, Geneva, is respons ible for the industrialized countries. The Expert Consultation on Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 held in Kotka, Finland, during June of 1996 recommended that FAO should provide annual statistics/estimates for the FRA 2000 for each country on the number of forest fires and the area burned over the period 1990-2000.

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