By providing ratios of raw material input to output for wood-based forest products in 37 countries, this book helps analysts, policymakers, forest practitioners and forest-based manufacturers to understand the drivers of efficiency, feasibility and economics in relevant sectors. The term "forest product conversion factors" is used to cover a broad spectrum of ratios used in the forest, manufacturing and energy sectors. For the purposes of this publication, "conversion factor" is defined as using a known figure to determine or estimate an unknown figure via a ratio. Almost every aspect of forecasting and analysis involves the use of conversion factors in some way, including silvicultural growth models, biomass calculations, estimates of forest carbon and timber-sale appraisals.
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Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO provides a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. The Organization publishes authoritative publications on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and nutrition.