China has developed an integrated assessment and monitoring system to assess forest resources and monitor changes. The system includes three components:
a forest inventory and assessment,
an annual plantation establishment review, and
an annual wood consumption survey.
Forest inventory and assessment are conducted on three levels to meet different information needs:
a national forest inventory (NFI) (senlin-ziyaun-qingcha, lianxu-qingcha, or yilei-diaocha)
an inventory for forest management planning and design (guihua-sheji-diaocha or erleidiaocha)
an inventory for forest operational planning (zuoye-sheji-diaocha or sanlei-diaocha)
This section addresses each type of forest inventory, with a focus on the national forest inventory, the annual wood consumption...