Sustainably managed forests have multiple environmental and socio-economic functions which are important at the global, national and local scales, and they play a vital part in sustainable development. Reliable and up-to-date information on the state of forest resources – not only on area and area change, but also on such variables as growing stock, wood and non-wood products, carbon, protected areas, use of forests for recreation and other services, biological diversity and forests’ contribution to national economies – is crucial to support decision-making for policies and programmes in forestry and sustainable development at all levels.

Community Forest Management

Many constraints are holding back the use of spatial information technologies, especially GIS, for local community mapping and monitoring of forest carbon services.

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