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FRA 2015: Terms and Definitions

FAO has been coordinating global forest resources assessments every five to ten years since 1946. The assessments have to a great extent contributed to the improvement of concepts, definitions and methods related to forest resources assessments. Strong efforts have been made to harmonize and streamline reporting with other international forest-related processes e.g. within the framework of the Collaborative Partnership on Forest (CPF), as well as with the partner organizations of the Collaborative Forest Resources Questionnaire (CFRQ) and the scientific community, all in order to harmonize and improve forest related definitions and reduce reporting burden on countries. The core definitions build on earlier global assessments to ensure comparability over time. Whenever new definitions are introduced or old definitions modified this is done taking into consideration recommendations from experts in various fora.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Short title (alternative/varying form of title) Forest resources Assessment Working Paper 18
  • Biodiversity
  • Forest classifications
  • Forest cover reporting
  • Forest policy and administration
  • Land classifications
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
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Kenneth MacDicken Senior Forestry Officer/Team Leader Global Forest Resources Assessment Team FAO Forestry Department Viale delle Terme di Caracalla Rome 00153, Italy E-mail: Readers can also use the following e-mail address: More information on the Global Forest Resources Assessment can be found at:

Author (corporate) FAO
Publication place Rome
Publisher FAO
Publication date 2012
Pagination 32
Keywords Forest Resource Assessment,Forest Definitions,Forest Ownership
Date uploaded June 28, 2018, 18:49 (UTC)
Date modified June 29, 2018, 10:51 (UTC)