Published jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this new 445-page report, known as the Temperate and Boreal Forest Resource Assessment or TBFRA 2000, has been described as "the most comprehensive set of internationally comparable data on the temperate and boreal forests ever issued." Unlike previous reports, which focused on forest area and wood supply, this report "expands to provide information on practically all aspects of the forest." Its findings include some good news, namely that temperate and boreal forests in nearly 55 countries are expanding, including those in Europe, where timberland is increasing by 500,000 hectares a year, while only 60 percent of the growth is harvested annually. The full text of the report may be downloaded by chapter in .pdf format. The main TBFRA 2000 page offers background information, a list of tables, the executive summary, and some key figures.
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