Experts from FOREST EUROPE – Liaison Unit Bratislava provided a set of comprehensive presentations at the meeting of national correspondents for the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) and pan-European 2020 reporting, that was held from 18 to 20 April 2018 in Geneva. Together with partners, they highlighted the extent to which reporting content was harmonized and remaining differences between the pan-European and the global indicators.
On the occasion of the meeting, two guidance documents were prepared for national correspondents, separately for reporting on the quantitative and qualitative indicators, the later including also reporting on the progress towards the Goals for European Forests and the European 2020 Targets for Forests adopted in the Oslo Declaration of 2011. The guidance documents may be found at the event page here: http://foresteurope.org/event/13881/.
More than 40 participants of the meeting, co-organized by UNECE, FAO and FOREST EUROPE, had the opportunity to were in touch with the interface for the global data collection, which also integrates more detailed questionnaires on the state and management of forests in Europe. For the first time, the global reporting is carried out in coordination with the pan-European reporting on SFM. It is a result of the joint effort of UNECE, FAO and FOREST EUROPE to reduce reporting burden of countries in the region.
Data on forests and forestry collected from national correspondents and in collaboration with FAO, UNECE and FOREST EUROPE will serve as a comprehensive reference and information framework on forests and forestry globally as well as more in detail in Europe, their state and trends, including the fulfilment of the environmental, ecological and socio-cultural functions of forests and their sustainable management. The principle of sustainability is also the main element of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to reporting of which collected data contribute as well.