SOFO is the product of concerted effort and teamwork on the part
of many individuals both inside and outside FAO. Overall coordination of the
publication was carried out by S.M. Braatz. J. Bourke provided valuable editing
assistance and advice. The following members of FAO staff and consultants were
involved in collecting data, drafting sections, or reviewing the document: J.
Anderson, J. Ball, S. Borelli, J. Bourke, S.M. Braatz, F. Castaneda, M.F.
Chipeta.J. Clement, R. Davis, M.H. El-Lakany, M.R. de Montalembert, D.A.
Harcharik, R. Heinrich, K. Janz, J.P. Lanly, L. Lintu, M. Lorenzini, M.
Malagnoux, A. Marzoli, D. McGuire, M. Morell, K. Padovani, C. Palmberg-Lerche,
M. Paolozzi, M. Paveri, R. Romeo, K.H. Schmincke, E.H. Sène, O. Serrano, D.
Shallon, K.D. Singh, P. So, M. Trossero, P. Vantomme, K. Warner. The following
colleagues in the FAO regional offices contributed the regional highlights and
various other sections: A. Al-fares, P. Durst, T. Frisk, J.D. Keita, P. Kone and
E. Pepke, S. Dembner advised on production aspects, and M. Montavon provided
administrative support. Colleagues in the Timber Section, Trade Division of the
UN Economic Commission for Europe Secretariat provided data on 1995
forest cover for developed countries, drafted the European highlights, and
provided valuable feedback on various sections of the text; for this, our thanks
go to C. Prins and A. Korotkov. D. Brooks and R. McConnell provided the North
American regional highlights. C. Behr compiled the table on basic country
data and the forestry in economic/political regional groups section. S.A.
Oikos and B. Braatz contributed to the forest resources and global climate
change sections, respectively. FAO also wishes to acknowledge its appreciation
for the valuable guidance given by the members of SOFOs External Review
Committee, namely: D. Barron. S. Bass, M. Dourojeanni, M. (Goumandakoye, H.
Gregersen, M. Hadley, J.P. Lanly, J. Maini, O. MHirit, C. Prins, M.N.
Salleh, and M. Simula. Finally in many thanks are due to those who worked long
and late to provide essential production support: E Rubini, L. Swain, M. Rosal,
S. Tafuro, and L. Luna for secretarial assistance, and to Nigel Jones and
Georgina Lucas at Words and Publications (UK) for preparation of the final
manuscript for printing.
The forestry sector today is attracting an unprecedented amount
of international attention. It is also undergoing dynamic evolution in response
to economic, political and social developments, changing perceptions of the role
of forests and the concerns of a wide range of interest groups. Accurate,
current and easily accessible information on the worlds forests and on
developments in the forestry sector is more important than ever for the
formulation of sound policies and informed public opinion. The Stare of the
Worlds Forests (SOFO), which is published every two
years, aims to provide such information. SOFO 1997 is divided into four
main sections: a section on situation and prospects for forest conservation and
development, which supplies information on forest cover, forest management and
forest products; a section on policy, planning and institutional arrangements; a
special issue section which presents information on efforts to develop criteria
and indicators of sustainable forest management; and six regional reviews which
together cover all the countries of the world.