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Media release September 13, 2011  
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International Foresters Meet to Improve Global Forestry Reporting

The world’s forests are complex and ever-changing. Yet as a growing human population places greater demands on forest lands for forest products, land for conversion to agriculture and as a means to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions it is clear that information on the world’s forest is vital to the future of the forest management.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) are cooperating this week with more than 40 experts from international organizations, research institutes, NGOs and member countries to look for new ways to improve global forest monitoring and assessment. This cooperation is taking place through a meeting from 13-15 September at the Pajulahti Sport Institute, Nastola, Finland and will help FAO improve the long-term strategy for monitoring and reporting on the world’s forests. This workshop is kindly supported by the Government of Finland through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Improvements in reporting will enhance the accuracy of reports on key questions such as – how much forest area exists and how is it changing, how much wood and carbon is contained in the world’s forest and how many jobs are dependent on forests and forestry. Good quality answers to these questions become even more important as the international community debates how to best help forest managers improve carbon storage in forests, protect biodiversity while at the same time providing needed products and livelihoods.

For more information on the meeting and the kind of reporting being discussed in Nastola, please visit the website

Forest - Knowledge - Know-how - Well-being


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