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Forestry Compendium

Comprehensive, encyclopedic resource for information on forestry

Changes to Compendia distribution data: the distribution tables, maps and references in datasheets have been restructured to handle the data better for updating and align with a geographic standard. Further details are available on the About page.

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What is the Forestry Compendium?

The Forestry Compendium is a unique global compilation of knowledge on forestry. It has a comprehensive, worldwide coverage on tropical, subtropical, temperate and boreal tree species of major economic importance, and lesser-known species of local importance. It also covers in detail many of the pests that damage these trees. It is a reference tool, which provides a basis for informed selection of woody species for a variety of uses, including for trials in plantation, agroforestry and natural forest systems.

Vital stats

  • Over 1300 detailed datasheets on trees, prepared by experts and independently verified
  • More than 800 detailed datasheets on forest pests, diseases and weed species
  • Basic data on over 20,000 species of forestry interest from CABI's TREENAMES taxonomic database
  • Over 5500 pictures to allow for easy identification and teaching
  • More than 326,000 bibliographic records from our CAB Abstracts database updated weekly
  • Full text of over 22,303 important journal and conference articles
  • Interactive, multilingual glossary, including nearly 2000 forestry terms defined in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese
  • A library of documents on various aspects of Forestry including the full text of over 100 selected documents, including texts from FAO, CABI and CIFOR 

Unique features

  • Extensive global coverage of trees and forest pests in a single resource with fast and easy navigation between text, images, maps and databases
  • Report generator to enable key information to be rapidly edited and disseminated
  • New maps of species distribution, including grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionality
  • New citation linking in text and tables to references at the end of datasheets
  • Includes core data from World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)
  • Links through to relevant external forestry information sources including research organizations and professional societies 


Who uses it?

Forest managers, forest officers and field workers / Forest protection scientists and quarantine officers / Researchers, forest planners, policy makers, extension workers and conservationists / Teachers, lecturers and students

Introducing the International Development Consortium

The project to develop the Forestry Compendium is an initiative of an international Development Consortium, whose Members are:

International Development Consortium:

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) / Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) / CABI / Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) / Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) / Canadian Forest Service (CFS) / Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) / Department for International Development (DFID), UK / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, formerly GTZ), Germany / European Union (EU) / International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) / International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) / MacArthur Foundation, USA / New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) / United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / United States Department of Agriculture - Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (USDA-CSREES) / United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) / United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service (USDA-FS)


Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) / Oxford Forestry Institute (OFI) [Now fully incorporated into the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK] / Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA) / Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory, Curators of Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) Taxonomy, United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) / World Agroforestry Centre [formerly International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF)]