Forest cover under sustainable forest management

This indicator is proposed as an indicator for Sustainable Development Target 15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally.

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A quality descriptor is associated with the forest area, forest management planning and operational stakeholder involvement components of the index. Coverage is aggregated to the country level in the country reports. In 2015 some 155 countries reported for most of the elements in the index that add to a total of 2.200 M ha (55% global forest area). A common definition is used for each element so comparability across countries is good.

FAO maintains this index based on country reporting beginning with the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2015. Data is collected globally every 5 years with reporting anticipated in 2015, 2020, 2025 and 2030.

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The list of indicator proposals (as of 11 August 2015) used for the IAEG-SDG Open Consultation with Civil Society, Academia and Private Sector.

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