Harmonisation of National Forest Inventories in Europe: Techniques for Common Reporting

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Harmonisation of National Forest Inventories in Europe: Techniques for Common Reporting

The main objectives of the Action are to improve and harmonise the existing national forest resource inventories in Europe and to support new inventories in such a way that inventories will meet national, European and global level requirements in supplying up- to-date, harmonised and transparent forest resource information for decision (policy) making, and to promote the use of scientifically sound and validated methods in forest inventory designs, data collection and data analysis.

The main benefits of the Action are:improved quality of European level forest resource and forest environment data, as well as improved ability of the NFIs to meet both national, European and international requirements for up-to-date forest forest information.

The Memorandum of Understanding of the Action entered into force on June 10, 2004. The Action lasts for four years, until June 27, 2008. It works under the supervision of the COST Forests and Forestry Products Technical Committee and is managed by the Management Committee. The main work is carried out in Working Groups. Seminars, Training courses and Short-Term Scientific Missions will be organised.

The three working groups are:

The Chairperson of the Action is Professor Erkki Tomppo from the Finnish Forest Research Institute / National Forest Inventory (Metla). Vice-Chairperson is Dr. Klemens Schadauer, Bundesamt und Forschungszentrum für Wald, Austria. The Science Officer at COST Secretariat is Ms. Melae Langbein.