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Global Forest Information Service (GFIS)

GFIS includes the information and services provided under the gateway. GFIS is jointly developed under the auspices of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) as an initiative led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), who also bears all responsibilities and claims related to GFIS as outlined in the below.

Terms and Conditions of use of the website

Access to and use of the Global Forest Information Service (GFIS) world wide website in this domain is subject to the following terms and conditions which must be followed and observed. Your use of this website will mean that you accept these terms and the privacy statement on this website. GFIS reserves the right to change these terms and conditions and to vary material, information and publication on this website without notice.

Any questions concerning the use of this website should be directed to:

Eero Mikkola
GFIS Coordinator
International Union of Forest Research Organizations
E-mail (person):
Telephone number:
+358 29 532 2140
IUFRO Secretariat
IUFRO Headquarters
Marxergasse 2
A-1130 Vienna

Privacy Policy

GFIS is committed to respecting the privacy of online visitors and automatically gathers and stores only the following generic information (information that does not identify visitors personally):

  • The Internet domain and/or IP address from which our website is accessed;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The pages visited; and
  • If you linked to our site from another Web site, the address of that site.

This information is used for statistical purposes and for system administration tasks to maintain this service. The log file is periodically deleted.

If at any stage you provide us with your email address either as part of a message or by completing a web form, we will only use your email address for the purposes for which it was provided. We will not subscribe your email address to any mailing list without your consent.

External sites that are linked to or from the GFIS web site are generally under not under GFIS's control or responsibility and you are advised to review their privacy statement.

Non-GFIS Trademarks & Member Trademarks

The trademarks, logos, and service marks not owned by GFIS and that are displayed on the site are the registered and unregistered marks of their respective owners. No rights are granted by the GFIS to use such marks, whether by implication, estoppel, or otherwise.

"METADATA" is a trademark of the Metadata Company. GFIS uses the term "metadata" in a descriptive sense, meaning "data about data". GFIS is not in any way affiliated with the Metadata Company.

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances will GFIS or any of the contributors to the site be liable for any of the following losses or damage (whether such losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise): (a) loss of data; (b) loss of revenue or anticipated profits; (c) loss of business; (d) loss of opportunity; (e) loss of goodwill or injury to reputation; (f) losses suffered by third parties; or (g) any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of regardless of the form of action.

GFIS does not accept any liability for any errors or omissions in any data or any other material accessed through this website. GFIS makes no representations and excludes all express, implied and statutory warranties of any kind to user and/or any third party including warranties as to accuracy, timeliness, completeness, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.

The download of software and/or data from this website is at your own risk and GFIS gives no warranty that this website, functions in the data and other material on this website or technology that provides this website will be interrupted and/or free from bugs, viruses and errors.

All of the information contained on the site is within the public domain. Public domain information on GFIS websites may be freely downloaded and reproduced provided that the rightful owner is given appropriate acknowledgment in any subsequent use of this work.

Information on this site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. GFIS may make improvements and/or changes in the materials contained in or described on this site at any time without notice.

In no event will GFIS be liable to any party for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages for any use of this site, or on any other hyperlinked web site, including, without limitation, any lost profits, business interruption, loss of programs or other data on your information handling system or otherwise, even if GFIS is expressly advised of the possibility of such damages.

Links to Other Sites

Links to other sites may be provided for your convenience. These are sites independent from GFIS and we do not endorse, control or make any representations, warranties or conditions concerning their contents or links. GFIS does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information contained within the linked sites. When you transfer to another site through a link on a GFIS page, you then must follow the conditions set by this webpage originator/owner.