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Title
Title:
Total Forest Extent
SubTitle:
Subregional level
Filename:  
sreg_forest_total_extent
 
 
 
General Description
Abstract:
Total forest consists of all forest area for temperate developed countries, and the sum of natural forest and plantation area categories for tropical and temperate developing countries. For developed countries forest cover data was obtained from official sources in response to a questionnaire from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the FAO liaison office in Geneva (UN-ECE/FAO). The countries surveyed include countries in Europe, North America, and the former Soviet Union, as well as Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Forest areas in developed countries are defined as land where tree crowns cover 20 percent of the area, including open forests; forest roads and fire breaks; temporarily cleared areas; young stands expected to achieve at least 20 percent crown cover upon maturity, etc. For all regions, trees are distinguished from shrubs on the basis of height. A mature tree has a single well-defined stem and is taller than 7 meters. A mature shrub is usually less than 7 meters tall. Forest areas in developed countries are not broken down into the subcategories of natural forests and plantations due to the difficulty in distinguishing the two in many countries. Total, percent and annual percent change all reflect the increase or decrease in forest cover between 1990 and 1995. Total change in forest cover, is the difference in extent of total forest between 1990 and 1995 in thousands of hectares. Average annual percent change is shown as a percentage of the exponential growth rate. If negative, these figures reflect net deforestation, which is defined as the clearing of forest lands for all forms of agricultural uses (shifting cultivation, permanent agriculture and ranching) and for other land uses such as settlements, other infrastructure and mining. In tropical countries, this entails clearing that reduces tree crown cover to less than 10 percent. It should be noted, that deforestation, as defined here, does not reflect changes within the forest stand or site such as selective logging (unless the forest cover is permanently reduced to less than 10 percent). Such changes are termed forest degradation and they can substantially affect forests, forest soil, wildlife and its habitat, and the global carbon cycle. Thus, the effects from the reported deforestation figures may be less than the effects from the total deforestation that includes all types of forest alterations. Positive change figures reflect net afforestation within a country or region. FAO's forest assessments produce consistent estimates on forest status for common reference years (1990 and 1995) and forest area change for the periods between these years. The estimates are made using a model to adjust baseline forest inventory data from each country to the common reference years. This model correlates the share of forest cover for each subnational unit to population density and growth, initial forest extent, and ecological zone. Existing forest inventory data at national and subnational scales are reviewed, adjusted to a common set of classifications and concepts, and combined in a database. To accomplish this, FAO uses a geographic information system to integrate statistical and map data. The reliability of these modeled estimates hinges partly on the quality of the primary data sources feeding into the model. The variation in quality, comprehensiveness, and timeliness of the forest information is tremendous, and acute information deficits in regard to forest resources can easily be observed. Readers are encouraged to refer to the original sources and the latest country inventories that use satellite data or extensive ground data for estimates of forest cover and deforestation. FAO is currently finalizing the "Global Forest Resource Assessment 2000", which is expected to be published in the year 2000. This assessment is expected to contain country profiles on its forest resources for every country; as well as a new global overview and maps with forest cover and change. Readers are encouraged to check this new report at the FAO website: http://www.fao.org. Please refer to the original source for further information on the variables and collection methodologies.
Purpose:
FAOSTAT Forestry is an on-line database that provides access to estimates of the annual production of numerous forest products by country. For many forest products, historical data are available from 1961. Largely, the system provides access to estimates for wood products such as lumber, panels, pulp and paper. These estimates are provided by countries through an annual survey that FAO conducts in partnership with the International Tropical Timber Organisation, the UN Economic Commission for Europe and EUROSTAT (the Council for European Statistics). In the cases where countries have not provided information through the questionnaire, FAO estimates annual production based on trade journal reports, statistical yearbooks or other sources. Where data are not accessible, FAO repeats historical figures until new information is found. The system of production estimates for forest products is complemented by similar estimates for international trade in wood products. Total exports and imports by product category are available at the country level. For a number of product categories, this series stretches back to 1961. For a limited number of product categories in recent years, estimates of trade between countries (bilateral trade) are reported.
Units:
Thousand Hectares
GEO Theme:
Forests
GEO Data Category:   
Vegetation and Land Cover
Type:
Data downloads
Subtype:
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Language:
English
Status:
Complete
Maintenance:
Annually
 
 
 
Keywords
GEMET Theme:
Forestry
Free Keywords:
Land cover, forestry, vegetation, forest extent, total, subregional level
 
 
 
Online Reference
URL:
http://apps.fao.org
File Format:
Excel spreadsheet
 
 
 
Spatial Reference
Coverage:
World
Coordinates:
 
North
90
 
West -180
 
180 East
 
-90
South
 
Region:
World
Subregion:
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Resolution:
Subregion
 
 
 
Temporal Reference
Covered Time:
1990, 2000
 
 
 
Responsability
Person:
Jaap Van Woerden
Organization:
UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva
Address:
11, chemin des Anemones
 
 
Postal Code:
1219
City:
Chatelaine
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Phone:
+41 22 917 82 94
Fax:
+41 22 917 80 29
Email:
geo@grid.unep.ch
 
 
Publisher:
UNEP/GRID
Publ. Place:
Geneva
 
 
Publ. Year:
2002
Data Source:
Global Forest Resource
Data Provider:
FAO
Copyright:
UNEP/GRID
User Constr.:
Public
 
 
 
Metadata Information
Person:
Gregory Giuliani
Organization:
UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva
Address:
11, Chemin des Anemones
 
 
Postal Code:
1219
City:
Chatelaine
State:
Geneva
Country:
Switzerland
Phone:
+41 22 917 82 94
Fax:
+41 22 917 80 29
Email:
geo@grid.unep.ch
 
 
Date:
20020122
 
 
 
 
 
GIS Data Info
Projection:
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Min. Scale:
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Max. Scale
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Data Resol.:
-----
Data Format:
-----
 
 
 
Statistics Data Info
Aggregation method
Mehtod:
Sum
Weight factor:
-----
Comments:
The data is only aggregated if at least 75 % of the observations are available (i.e. % of population or % of area or % of countries) on an annual basis. The value "-9999" corresponds to "No Data"
 
Interpolations/Extrapolations
Interpolations:
None
Extrapolations:
None
Method:
Other
Comments:
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Calculated pre 1991-1992 relative country share
Former USSR:
None
Former Yugoslavia SFR:
None
Former Czechoslovakia:
None
Former Ethiopia:
None
Comments:
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General comments
Country notes:
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Definitions:
Total Forest includes natural forests and forest plantations. The term is used to refer to land with a tree cover of more than 10 percent and area of more than 0.5 ha. Forests are determined both by the presence of trees and the absence of other predominant land uses. The trees should be able to reach a minimum height of 5 m. Young stands that have not yet reached, but are expected to reach, a crown density of 10m percent and tree height of 5 m are included under forest, as are temporarily unstocked areas. The term includes forests used for purposes of production, protection, multiple use or conservation (i.e. forest in national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas), as well as forest stands on agricultural lands (e.g. windbreaks and shelterbelts of trees with a width of more than 20 m) and rubberwood plantations and cork oak stands. The term specifically excludes stands of trees established primarily for agricultural production, for example fruit tree plantations. It also excludes trees planted in agroforestry systems.
Comments:
Copyright c 2002 (Aggregations) United Nations Environment Programme/DEWA/GRID-Geneva. Data aggregation made by Andrea DeBono and Ola Nordbeck (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Geneva).