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International activities

- FAO project: Forest resources assessment

The 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015) continues the tradition of seeking to describe the world’s forests – a tradition that began in 1948. Countries representing some 75% of the world’s forest area contributed to constructing FRA 2015 content. FRA 2015 seeks to continue finding ways to improve the quality, relevance and accessibility of data and analysis. FRA 2020 is actually being analyzed and written.
The Key Findings of FRA 2020, presenting a synoptic view of the world’s forests, are available (may 2020). The NGI is the coordinator for France to deliver information about the French forest resources.

- Forest Europe project: Sustainable management of European forests

The French NGI is also gathering information on indicators for sustainable management of the European forests. These data are key elements for public decision about the protection of the European forests. This process is called "Forest Europe" since 2007.

- Harmonization of European National Forest Inventories

National Forest Inventories (NFIs) in Europe have different historic origins. They were established with the primary aim to cover the information needs at country level. Therefore NFI methods reflect the country-specific conditions in terms of forest types, topographies, climates and interests in forests. The cross-border comparability of their results is therefore not met from the outset.

Numerous international programs and target groups from the environmental, wood processing, and energy sectors require such comparable information from NFIs as reliable basis in decision-making processes. Due to these information needs a harmonisation process was initiated at the beginning of the century.

The harmonisation of European NFIs maintains the framework of existing NFI methods and achieves comparability through the development and application of harmonisation procedures for NFI target variables.

The harmonisation process of European NFIs consequently allows to satisfy the various information needs at the international-, country- and sub-country levels. It provides the opportunity to respond to future developments as the demand for forest information is still diversifying.

The basic prerequiste for the harmonisation process is the common agreement on Reference Definitions.

Furthermore, the French NFI is working with different countries such as Morocco, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic in order to get information about inventory methodologies and technics, as well as data management and results publication.

- International publications

Growing stock monitoring by European National Forest Inventories : Historical origins, current methods and harmonisation.
Gschwantner, T., Alberdi, I., Bauwens, S., Bender, S. et al. (2022). Forest Ecology and Management 505, p. 119868.

Unexpected Negative Effect of Available Water Capacity Detected on Recent Conifer Forest Growth Trends Across Wide Environmental Gradients.
Ols, C., Gschwantner, T., Schadauer, K. et al. Ecosystems 25, 404–421 (2022).

Offering the appetite for the monitoring of European forests a diversified diet.
Bontemps, JD., Bouriaud, O., Vega, C. et al. Annals of Forest Science 79, 19 (2022).

National Forest Inventories of Latin America and the Caribbean : Towards the harmonization of forest information
Morneau, F., Guitet, S. et Brunaux, O. (2021). Sous la direction de Ramirez-Zea, C., Alberdi, I., Bahamondez, C. et Freitas, R.. FAO. Chap. Towards a National Forest Inventory in French overseas territories of Latin America and the Caribbeans : Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guyana.

Recent increase in European forest harvests as based on area estimates (Ceccherini et al. 2020a) not confirmed in the French case.
Picard, N., Leban, JM., Guehl, JM. et al. Annals of Forest Science 78, 9.

Harmonisation of stem volume estimates in European National Forest Inventories.
Gschwantner, T., Alberdi, I., Balázs, A., Bauwens, S. et al. (2019). Annals of Forest Science 76, 24.

The conservation status assessment of Natura 2000 forest habitats in Europe: capabilities, potentials and challenges of national forest inventories data.
Alberdi, I., Nunes, L., Kovac, M. et al. Annals of Forest Science 76, 34 (2019).

Harmonised projections of future forest resources in Europe.
Vauhkonen, J., Berger, A., Gschwantner, T., Schadauer, K. et al. (2019). Annals of Forest Science 76, 79.

Towards harmonized assessment of European forest availability for wood supply in Europe
Alberdi, I., Michalak, R., Fischer, C., Gasparini, P., Brändli, U., Tomter, S.S., Kuliesis, A., Snorrason, A., Redmond, J., Hernández, L., Lanz, A., Vidondo, B., Stoyanov, N., Stoyanova, M., Vestman, M., Barreiro, S., Marin, G., Cañellas I. & Vidal C. (2016), Forest Policy and Economics, 70: 20-29.

Editorial: “Forest Inventories at the European level”
Leban, J.M. & Bontemps, JD. (2016), Annals of Forest Science (2016) 73: 789-792.

Comparison of methods used in European National Forest Inventories for the estimation of volume increment: towards harmonisation
Gschwantner T., Lanz A., Vidal C., Bosela M., Cosmo L. Di, Fridman J., Gasparini P., Kuliešis A., Tomter S. & Schadauer K. (2016), Annals of Forest Science (2016) 73: 807-821.

National Forest Inventories - Assessment of Wood Availibility and Use
Vidal C., Alberdi I., Hernández, L. & Redmond J. (Eds.) (2016), Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 2016.

The role of European National Forest Inventories for international forestry reporting
Vidal C., Alberdi I., Redmond J., Vestman M., Lanz A. & Schadauer K. (2016), Annals of Forest Science (2016) 73: 793-806.

The European Forestry Dynamics Model: Concept, design and results of first case studies
Packalen, T., Sallnäs, O., Sirkia, S., Korhonen, K., Salminen, O., Vidal, C., Robert, N., Colin, A., Belouard, T., Schadauer, K., Berger, A., Rego, F., Louro, G., Camia, A., Räty, M. & San-Miguel-Ayanz, J. (2014), Publications Office of the European Union, EUR 27004 doi 10.2788/153990 [11].

L’IF n°32, Towards harmonized European forest information, IGN september 2013, 12 p.

National Forest Inventory Contributions to Forest Biodiversity Monitoring
Chirici, G., McRoberts, R.E., Winter, S., Bertini, R., Brändli, U., Alberdi, I., Bastrup-Birk, A., Rondeux, J., Barsoum, N. & Marchetti, M. (2012), Forest Science, 58(3), 257-268.

Harmonizing greenhouse gas reporting from European forests: Case examples and implications for European Union Level Reporting
Dunger, K., Petersson, S. H. O., Barreiro, S., Cienciala, E., Colin, A., Hylen, G., Kusar, G., Oehmichen, K., Tomppo, E., Tuomainen, T. & Ståhl, G. (2012), Forest Science, 58(3), 248-256.

An Enquiry on Forest Areas Reported to the Global Forest Resources Assessment—Is Harmonization Needed?
Gabler, K., Schadauer, K., Tomppo, E., Vidal, C., Bonhomme, C., McRoberts, R. E. & Gschwantner, T. (2012), Forest Science, 58(3), 201-213.

Bridging national and reference definitions for harmonizing forest statistics
Ståhl, G., Cienciala, E., Chirici, G., Lanz, A., Vidal, C., Winter, S., McRoberts, R.E., Rondeux, J., Schadauer, K. & Tomppo, E. (2012), Forest Science, 58(3), 214-223.

L’IF n°22, Harmonisation des données forestières européennes, IGN 2e trimestre 2009, 8 p.

Harmonizing national forest inventories
McRoberts, R.E., Tomppo, E., Schadauer, K., Vidal, C., Ståhl, G., Chirici, G., Lanz, A., Cienciala, E., Winter, S. & Smith, W.B (2009), Journal of Forestry, 107(4), 179-187.

Common tree definitions for National Forest Inventories in Europe
Gschwantner, T., Schadauer, K., Vidal, C., Lanz, A., Tomppo, E., Di Cosmo, L., Robert, N., Englert Duursma, D. & Lawrence, M. (2009), Silva Fennica 43(2): 303-321.

Preparing emission reporting from forests : use of National Forest Inventories in European countries
Cienciala, E., Tomppo, E., Snorrason, A., Broadmeadow, M., Colin, A., Dunger, K., Exnerova, Z., Lasserre, B., Petersson, H., Priwitzer, T., Sanchez P. & Ståhl, G. (2008), Silva fennica. 42(:1), 73-88.

Establishing forest inventory reference definitions for forest and growing stock: a study towards common reporting
Vidal, C., Lanz, A., Tomppo, E., Schadauer, K., Gschwantner, T., Di Cosmo, L. & Robert, N. (2008), Silva Fennica 42(2): 247–266.


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