The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have issued guidelines for national forest monitoring systems. The guidelines are intended to support monitoring, reporting and assessment of progress in sustainable forest management and sustainable development goals.
FAO and UNECE have published “Guidelines for Developing a Set of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management” as part of efforts to develop national sets of criteria and indicators for Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The guidelines provide a step-by-step approach on how to launch a consultation process to develop a set of criteria and indicators in a participatory manner. The guidelines share concepts, definitions and specific tools to support the development of sets of national criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.
The Guidelines provide a “comprehensive list” of global and regional indicators that countries can use to develop or improve their own national criteria and sets of indicators to track progress towards sustainable forest management and sustainable forest management. sustainable development. These examples include the pan-European set of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in the Forest Europe process, which contains 6 criteria and 45 indicators.
the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators series for the conservation and sustainable management of temperate and boreal forests, which includes 7 criteria and 54 indicators; the criteria and indicators defined for SFM in low forest cover countries, which contains 7 criteria and 93 indicators; the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests, which includes 7 criteria, 18 sets of indicators and 58 indicators; and the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2015, which includes 7 themes, 20 thematic issues and 46 indicators.
FAO and UNECE developed the guiding principles for the project “Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia”, funded by the United Nations Development Account. The project helps countries to identify the information and tools needed to implement sustainable forest management at the national level, including defining criteria and sets of indicators that are measurable, achievable, achievable and easily communicated.
Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.