Cooperating agencies: FAO, UN-DESA, UNESCO, UNFCCC Secretariat, UNU

  • Development of the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), a comprehensive data collection on the state of the world"s forests scheduled for release in 2010;
  • undertaking global remote sensing survey of forests and establishing an information gateway providing easy access to remote sensing imagery;
  • examining the role of biosphere reserves in demonstrating and assisting in the development of REDD strategies and practices;
  • generating baseline information at the global and regional level on trends in the rate of deforestation, afforestation and natural expansion of forests over the past 30 years;
  • developing a global framework and methodology for monitoring forest change.