SDG indicator 15.1.1 measures the relative extent of forest area in a given country. According to the metadata document, the availability of accurate data on a country's forest area is crucial for forest policy and planning within the context of sustainable development. Changes in forest area reflect the demand for land for non-forest uses and may help identify unsustainable practices in the forestry and agricultural sector. Forest area as percentage of total land area may be used as a rough proxy for analyzing the extent to which forests are being conserved or restored, but it is only partially an indicator of whether forests are being sustainably managed.
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