Free software aims to help developing countries monitor forests

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FAO has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change. Photo: FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas

Free software to help developing countries better monitor their forests has been launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Deforestation and forest degradation are among the chief causes of increased carbon emissions which cause global warming and climate change.

The agency says the software, known as Open Foris, is designed to assist countries through the entire lifecycle of a forestry inventory, from assessment, design and field data collection to analysis and reporting.

To find out more about the software, Sandra Ferrari spoke with David Morales, a Forestry Officer with FAO in Rome.

Duration: 3'33"

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