Global forest land-use change 1990–2005 - new publication from FRA2010
FAO's new report, Global forest land-use change 1990-2005, presents the key findings on forest land use and land-use change between 1990 and 2005 from FAO's 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment Remote Sensing Survey. The report focuses on forest land use, and not land cover. Overall, there was a net decrease in global forest area of 1.7% between 1990 and 2005, at an annual rate of 0.11%. This equates to an annual shift from forest land use to other land uses of 3 million ha per year between 1990 and 2000, and of 6 million ha per year between 2000 and 2005. There are major regional differences in the net rates of forest area change: Europe, including the Russian Federation, had a net loss of 0.5 million ha annually. Only Asia and North America experienced gains in forest area.
This survey was the result of a partnership between FAO, countries and the European Commission Joint Research Centre. It is the first report of its kind to present systematic estimates of global forest land use and change.
FAO, JRC 2012. Global forest land-use change 1990–2005. FAO Forestry Paper 169. Download here as well...