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GFIS Newsletter Edition 4, August 2012
GFIS Newsletter Edition 3, February 2012
The Global Forest Information Service brings the information that matters to key stakeholders in a single gateway. Users of the service can easily access forest and tree-related news, events, publications, education, projects, jobs and more through the user of a targeted search tool. Users can stay up-to-date on the results of their searches through subscribing to the results via an RSS feed.
Through innovative and user friendly means GFIS is developing common information exchange standards, building capacity and enhancing partnerships among forestry information providers and users.
The goals of the initiative are to enhance access to all types of forest information, ensuring accessibility to all stakeholders, including governments, researchers, forest managers, NGOs, community groups and the public at large, while improving understanding of forest related issues, to better decision making and improve public engagement in forest policy and management.
Partnerships with institutions related to forests and forestry create a comprehensive and structured storage of information accessible to GFIS users while simultaneously promoting the institutions themselves. With a growing number of information providers the GFIS gateway has grown to be a highly respected source for information and bringing increased traffic flows to its partners.
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GFIS is an initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) – an interagency partnership of 14 major forest-related international organizations, institutions and convention secretariats. In the global policy context, the vision and mission of GFIS are consistent with the resolutions of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) and the priorities of the CPF. The UNFF6 resolution explicitly mentions the support for the continuation and development of GFIS as a means to promote the exchange of forest management-related experiences and good practices.
GFIS is led by IUFRO, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations; together with FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; CIFOR, the Center for International Forestry Research, the UNFF Secretariat, and ICRAF, the World Agroforestry Centre.
The Korean Forest Research Institute (KFRI), the US Forest Service and ITTO, International Tropical Timber Organization, have provided financial contribution to GFIS during last years; METLA, the Finnish Forest Research Institute, also actively contributes to the initiative.
For more information please visit the GFIS site.