Forest Map of Europe - Download registration page

The following products are available for downloading after registration:

European Forest Map, version 2011 – GIS data and image files

  • European Forest Map, version 2011 – GIS data and image files (background information about the methodology are provided here)
  • GIS data of the calibrated maps on coniferous and broadleaved forest in Europe, version 2002, IMG format, zipped (EFI Technical Report No. 13 describes methodological aspects and can be downloaded here)
  • Background information (readme.pdf)
  • High-resolution image file of the Forest Map of Europe, version 2011 (PNG format)
  • High-resolution image files of the maps on coniferous and broadleaved forest in Europe, version 2002 (PNG format)

Note: The high-resolution image files include some modifications to the original GIS data, for printing purposes: The areas in the northern part of Siberia (Russian Federation) were adjusted to allow for a smoother transition between forested and non-forested areas. These edits are not included in the GIS data that are available for download.


Before granting you access to the data, we would like you to complete the following short registration form. This will allow us to analyse the use of the products by the data user community and to possibly anticipate existing demands in the future with new products.

You will have access to the download page for two days after access was granted. Please note that registration may take a few days.

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Please explain what you are planning to use the map for? This feedback is required and it will allow us to analyse where and how the data are being applied.

When utilising information from this website in direct or derived form, in your personal or legal capacity you bind yourself to accepting the conditions below. It is requested:

  • To properly make reference to the following publications:

    Kempeneers, P., Sedano, F., Seebach, L., Strobl, P., San-Miguel-Ayanz, J. 2011: Data fusion of different spatial resolution remote sensing images applied to forest type mapping, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, in print.

    Päivinen, R., Lehikoinen, M., Schuck, A., Häme, T., Väätäinen, S., Kennedy, P., & Folving, S., 2001. Combining Earth Observation Data and Forest Statistics. EFI Research Report 14. European Forest Institute, Joint Research Centre - European Commission. EUR 19911 EN. 101p.

    Schuck, A., Van Brusselen, J., Päivinen, R., Häme, T., Kennedy, P. and Folving, S. 2002. Compilation of a calibrated European forest map derived from NOAA-AVHRR data. European Forest Institute. EFI Internal Report 13, 44p. plus Annexes;

  • Not to distribute the images or databases to third parties.

The information you submit will be treated confidentially and is used only for internal analysis of the data usage, it will not be used for any other purpose and it will not be given to any third party. The data is stored at the European Forest Institute. The project team may contact you at a later stage to inform about the availability of new datasets or for feedback purposes. The project team is also interested in receiving a copy of publications in which the information from this project has been utilised.

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