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Global Forest Information Service (GFIS)

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleGlobal Forest Information Service (GFIS)
CreatorInternational Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); Metla; Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF)
DescriptionThe Global Forest Information Service (GFIS) provides the framework to share forest-related data and information through a single gateway. It promotes the dissemination and sharing of forest and tree-related information and knowledge among the global forestry community by developing common information exchange standards, building capacity and enhancing partnerships among forestry information providers and users. GFIS is an open system to which information providers, using agreed information exchange standards, may contribute content. GFIS defines elements that are intended to assist contributors in increasing access to their materials. Currently, GFIS supports the following types of information: News, Events, Recent, publications, Library and document collections, Datasets and Databases, and Job vacancies. 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 by the UNFF process for the continuation and development of GFIS as a means to promote the exchange of forest management-related experiences and good practices. GFIS allows sharing of forest-related information through a single gateway. The information resources accessible through GFIS are freely available, and provide direct access to the original information.
LanguageEnglish, Finnish, French, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Keywordsinformation services; databases; associations; datasets; news; events; meetings; images; terminologies; jobs; research institutes
TypeInformation services
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 Published: February 2 2007 | Last updated: August 24 2011