"Statistical-spatial information helps advance all development aims, as it links statistical and socio-economic information to a location, bringing much improved understanding and relevance to the data collected. It thereby promotes informed decision-making and policy analysis both at the local and global level." UN
Following organizations have a long-standing tradition of extensive forest data collection:
For any sound forest policy, policy makers need to know:
Who produces what?
Who imports what?
Who exports what?
Who distributes what?
Who consumes what?