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Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2000)

Global Forest Canopy Density Global Forest Cover
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Project Abstract

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), at the request of its member nations and the world community, has regularly reported on the state, changes and conditions of the world's forests about every 10 years. The present survey, known as the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2000), provides crucial information describing the state and conditions of forest resources for the year 2000, and their changes over the last 20 years.

The global forest map is one of the many outputs produced by FRA 2000. The forest map was produced from the Global Land Cover Characteristics (GLCC) Database, a land cover dataset at one-kilometer resolution derived from Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) satellite images.

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