The latest edition of this biannual publication from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (last reviewed in the May 9, 1997 Scout Report
offers one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date reviews of new developments in forestry and the condition of forests worldwide. SOFO 1999 reports on a number of significant events and developments of 1997-98, including "the latest figures on global forest cover; current efforts to assess forest resources; the forest fires of 1997 and 1998; recent trends in forest management; the significance to forestry of the Kyoto Protocol of the Framework Convention on Climate Change; current and projected forest products production, consumption and trade; recent trends in forest policy, legislation and institutions; and the international dialogue and initiatives on forests, among other topics." Aimed at policy-makers, academics, and the informed public, the report is offered in .pdf format, broken down into numerous sections.
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