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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 NGI is the coordinator for France to deliver information about the French forest resources.
http://www.fao.org/forest-resources-assessment/current-assessment/fr/

- 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.
http://www.foresteurope.org/docs/fullsoef2015.pdf

- 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

- 2016
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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2016.05.014

Editorial: “Forest Inventories at the European level”
Leban, J.M. & Bontemps, JD. (2016), Annals of Forest Science (2016) 73: 789-792.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13595-016-0586-x

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13595-016-0554-5

National Forest Inventories - Assessment of Wood Availibility and Use
Vidal C., Alberdi I., Hernández, L. & Redmond J. (Eds.) (2016), Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 2016.
http://www.springer.com/fr/book/9783319440149

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13595-016-0545-6

- 2014
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].
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/bitstream/JRC93450/lb-na-27004-en-n.pdf

- 2013
L’IF n°32, Towards harmonized European forest information, IGN september 2013, 12 p.
http://inventaire-forestier.ign.fr/spip/IMG/pdf/IF_32_EN.pdf

- 2012
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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.12-003

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.10-064

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.10-060

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.10-067

- 2009
L’IF n°22, Harmonisation des données forestières européennes, IGN 2e trimestre 2009, 8 p.
http://inventaire-forestier.ign.fr/spip/IMG/pdf/IF22_international_web.pdf

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.
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/saf/jof/2009/00000107/00000004/art00005#expand/collapse

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.
http://www.metla.fi/silvafennica/full/sf43/sf432303.pdf

- 2008
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.
http://www.metla.fi/silvafennica/full/sf42/sf421073.pdf

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.
http://www.metla.fi/silvafennica/full/sf42/sf422247.pdf