James J. Talbot


This paper discusses the current information base available on global forest resources. The focus includes: the extent of forest cover based on the most widely-used data base; the accuracy of this data base; other estimates of forest resources; the special case of tropical forests; the extent to which deforestation in the tropics is factored into the global forest resource estimates; and emerging patterns of demand and utilization of forests. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of what information is needed to obtain a more comprehensive assessment of forest resource status.

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