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State of the World's Forests 2005
FAO, 2005. 168p.
ISBN: 9251051879.

The State of the World's Forests reports every two years on the status of forests, recent major policy and institutional developments and key issues concerning the forest sector. This edition presents a global picture of the forest sector and the latest information on activities and developments. Its theme, "realizing the economic benefits from forests", recognizes that the economic viability of the forest sector is a prerequisite to safeguarding the environmental, social and cultural functions of the resource.

Previous issues (2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995) are also available on: www.fao.org/forestry/fo/sofo/sofo-e.st


People and Forests
FAO, 2004. Participatory forestry publications, CD-ROM.
This CD-ROM contains 15 years of publications produced by FAO and its partners under the Forest, Trees and People Programme. It includes a selection of more than 70 publications on participatory forestry and related subjects, and the final output of one of the best-known community forestry development programmes.


Forest Resources Assessment 2000
FAO, 2001. 102p.
ISSN: 02586150
The Forest Resources Assessment 2000 compiled and analysed a wide range of information about the extent, composition, protection and utilization of forests for each country.


Forest products outlook study
Working papers have been commissioned on a few topics that have been considered as most important for the future wood product market outlook, including: likely future changes in the nature and type of wood and fibre supplies; trends in processing; and the future outlook for fuelwood supply and demand.


The Condition of Forests in Europe
UNECE/European Comission, 2002.
ISSN 1020-587X
This report describes the actual damage observed on trees and forests, the report also presents computer model calculations of future risks.


Cloud Forest Agenda
UNEP-WCMC, 2004.
This report provides global maps of cloud forests, alongside information on their biodiversity and watershed importance, and a regional analysis of the threats to cloud forests. It concludes with an agenda for action, identifying global to national priorities and opportunities.
The Cloud Forest Agenda has been funded by the members of the Mountain Cloud Forest Initiative, comprising the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the Commission on Ecosystem Management of IUCN–The World Conservation Union.


Towards a Global Tree Conservation Atlas
UNEP-WCMC/FFI, 2003. UNEP-WCMC Biodiversity Series No 15.
ISBN 92 807 2344 8
The report provides the case for a need to map the status and distribution of the world’s threatened tree species. The report is a joint collaboration between UNEP-WCMC and FFI.
A Global Tree Conservation Atlas will be one of the main outputs of the
Global Trees Campaign


An Assessment of the Status of the World's Remaining Closed Forests
UNEP GRID-Sioux Falls in collaboration with the USGS/EROS Data Center. UNEP/DEWA/TR, 2001.
ISBN: 9280720287


Running Pure: the Importance of Forest Protected Areas to Drinking Water
World Bank/WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use, 2003.
ISBN 2-88085-262-5
A research report for the World Bank / WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use. Written and edited by Nigel Dudley and Sue Stolton. With major research and contributions by Rachel Asante Owusu, Ahmet Birsel, David Cassells, José Courrau, Lawrence Hamilton, Sedat Kalem, Wang Luan Keng, Leonardo Lacerda, Yildiray Lise, Stefano Pagiola, Sara Scherr and Claudio Sericchio

CIFOR/ Forest Trends/ Future Harvest

Forest Carbon and Local Livelihoods:
Assessment of Opportunities and Policy Recommendations

Joyotee Smith and Sara J.Scherr, 2002. CIFOR Occasional Paper No.37.
ISSN 0854-9818.
A new report from CIFOR and Washington D.C.-based Forest Trends challenges conventional wisdom that carbon-trading between industry and tree growers in developing countries will damage the environment and have negative social consequences.


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