FRA 2010 contains information to monitor progress towards international goals and targets – among others the Millennium Development Goals, the 2010 Biodiversity Target of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the four Global Objectives on Forests of the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in January 2008. In addition, the statistics on trends in forest carbon stocks will support predictions of climate change and development of appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures.
FRA 2010 also includes information on variables such as forest health, the contribution of forests to national economies and the legal and institutional framework governing the management and use of the world’s forests.
The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) is the most comprehensive assessment to date. It examines the current status and recent trends for more than 90 variables and all types of forests in 233 countries and areas for four points in time: 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2010.
In the main section of this report, results are presented according to the seven thematic elements of sustainable forest management:
• extent of forest resources;
• forest biological diversity;
• forest health and vitality;
• productive functions of forest resources;
• protective functions of forest resources;
• socio-economic functions of forests;
• legal, policy and institutional framework.
Dudley, N. and S. Stolton, eds. (2003) Running pure: the importance of forest protected areas to drinking water FAO (2010) Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010