Global assessments and monitoring are essential if we wish to be able to manage our human destiny. Periodic worldwide estimates of forest resources are the responsibility of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Other groups are also making regional estimates of forest cover. Techniques used include aggregation of national data and individual efforts. Results of either process are currently inadequate. Problems with both techniques are presented. Solutions include multiple-resource inventories, covering all lands and performed to international standards and guidelines.
Lund, H. Gyde
"Politically correct global mapping and monitoring,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 2, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol2/iss1/8