Sustainably managed forests have multiple environmental and socio-economic functions which are important at the global, national and local scales, and they play a vital part in sustainable development. Reliable and up-to-date information on the state of forest resources - not only on area and area change, but also on such variables as growing stock, wood and non-wood products, carbon, protected areas, use of forests for recreation and other services, biological diversity and forests' contribution to national economies - is crucial to support decision-making for policies and programmes in forestry and sustainable development at all levels.
The World Agroforestry Centre have been using CyberTracker in a total of 190 LDSF sites (about 30,000 plots) in about 30 countries globally. Senior Scientist Dr. Tor-G Vagen said that:
"I downloaded CyberTracker in 2008 and just started using it right away. I have not required any tech support, so I would say it is very easy to get it up and running, and most importantly deploying it in the field has been trouble-free."