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Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
241A1 Sustainable Management of Natural Forests and Woodlands Technical Project FOR


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: deforestation, forest degradation and desertification due to lack of sustainable management of forests and woodlands. Lack of forest-based livelihood opportunities for local communities.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: greater capacity of policy makers, forest managers and local communities to identify practices and implement policies that conserve, enhance and sustainably utilise natural forests and woodlands should lead to more sustainable forest management and improved livelihoods of adjacent communities.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: the maintenance and enhancement of the environmental, social and economic values of forests for both the local communities and the wider public, and increased food security and better livelihoods for local communities.

Objective

  • Improved local, national and regional forest management capacity leading to practices and policies that conserve, enhance and sustainably utilise natural forests and woodlands for a wide variety of goods and services.

Indicators

  • Success stories and examples of practices at various levels that support sustainable forest management.
  • Increase in area of forests and woodlands under sustainable management.

2004-05 Implementation Progress - Achievements, Success Stories and Lessons Learnt

  • The study "In search of excellence: exemplary forest management in Asia and the Pacific" by RAP and FORM presents 28 cases of exemplary forest management drawn from 21 countries. The results clearly indicate that more forests are being submitted to a regime of sustainable forest management. The programme entity continued to produce working papers in Forest Management. It also produced two strategies for forest health and management, for Uruguay and Central America. Support on issues related to forest pests was provided to countries such as China, Lebanon, Mongolia and Saudi Arabia (e.g. "Review of Asian longhorn beetle research: biology, distribution and management") and field guidelines were provided for the identification and management of major diseases. The evaluation of this programme entity indicated that an "important percentage of respondents feel that the support they receive from FAO in sustainable forest management and woodlands has a positive impact on forests and forest management activities in their countries". The number of countries implementing criteria and indicators (C&I) and indicators for monitoring, assessing and reporting on progress towards sustainable forest management has increased; Central Asian countries have now adopted their own set of C&I. In 2005, the programme entity produced regional and national reports on the state of forest genetic resources and it continues to produce the FAO/IPGRI Technical guidelines for the safe movement of germplasm. Community-based fire management (CBFiM) courses were organized in South Africa (for the Sub-Saharan Wildland Fire Network) together with Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and in Belize (for Latin American Wildland Fire Networks) together with TNC. There are currently 12 UN/ISDR Regional Wildland Fire Networks. Related achievements and initiatives include: the translation into French and Spanish of FAO's forest fire terminology and fire management guidelines; the updating and translation into French and Spanish of the working paper "Legal frameworks for forest fire management: international agreements and national legislation"; the preparation of Position Paper No. 5 on CBFiM and the conclusion of a study on CBFiM in Spain. The FAO Fire Management Web page has also been linked with that of GFMC. In 2005, the issue of forest fires was discussed at COFO, the Ministerial Meeting on Forests, and meetings of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and UN-International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Advisory Group. FAO is a member of the ILC, and it supports the work of the International Conference on Wildland Fire Management.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
002   Best practices and methodologies in silviculture and management of natural forests.
  401 Guidelines, case studies and other information materials on improved practices in silviculture and management of natural forests Studies and analyses FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR SLAC Completed
  402 Regional and sub-regional networks of model and demonstration forests Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR RAF RAP RLC Completed
  403 Analysis of status and trends in forest management Studies and analyses FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR SLAC Completed
  404 Guidelines and case studies on the use of computers and computer software in forest management Studies and analyses FOR RAF RAP RLC Completed
  405 Information materials and documentation in support to the effective implementation of Agenda 21 Chapter 11 (Combating Deforestation) and the FAO Plan of Action for SIDS Information (products, systems, databases) FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR SLAC Completed
003   Best practices and methodologies in silviculture and management of woodlands and trees in arid lands and in low forest cover countries.
  401 Direct support to countries to implement improved arid zone forest management practices Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR Completed
  402 Support to countries and regions to combat desertification and to implement the UNCCD Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR RAF RAP RNE SAFR Completed
  403 Support to country networking and cooperation in the field of arid zone forestry issues Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR Completed
  404 Information materials and documentation in support to the effective implementation of Agenda 21 (arid zone forestry issues) and UNCCD Information (products, systems, databases) FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR Completed
004   Support to use of integrated pest management practices in forestry.
  401 Support to countries against forest pests and diseases, including the use of integrated pest management practices in forestry, appropriate training and networking Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR Completed
005   Improved knowledge and best practices for the management of forest genetic resources.
  401 Development and maintenance of the global information system for the assessment, conservation and sustainable utilisation of forest genetic resources Information (products, systems, databases) FOR Completed
  402 Preparation of national and regional reports on the state of forest genetic diversity Studies and analyses FOR Completed
  403 Support to preparation of regional action plans on forest genetic resources Studies and analyses FOR Completed
007   Improved methodologies and cooperation in forest fire management.
  401 Guidelines and best practices to prevent and control forest fires at regional, national and community levels, including training and enhanced collaboration among countries and organizations Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR Completed
  402 Nine sub-regional networks supported, information dissemination and further expansion of ongoing networks on forest fire management Information (products, systems, databases) FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR Completed
  403 Dissemination of legal information on international agreements to member countries Information (products, systems, databases) FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
241A4 Conservation in Forests and Fragile Ecosystems Technical Project FOR


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: continuing degradation of lands in fragile ecosystems, particularly in mountainous areas and in arid zones. Lack of effective environmental conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: raising international awareness, increasing knowledge and improving policy, methods and best practices in forests and fragile ecosystems will lead to more effective environmental conservation, protection and sustainable use.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: intended benefits include enhanced protection and improved environmental conditions in fragile ecosystems, better livelihoods and quality of life for inhabitants in mountains and arid zones and protection of and sustainable use of biological diversity.

Objective

  • Improved national policies and practices, supported by international awareness and collaboration, for the sustainable use of forest and wildland resources and environmental conservation; support of biodiversity, the protective role of trees, shrubs and other vegetation in fragile ecosystems and sustainable arid land management.

Indicators

  • Examples of policies and practices reflecting improved approaches to fragile ecosystem management and use of biological diversity.
  • Effective and well functioning networks and partnerships that have developed and implemented concrete activities in sustainable mountain development.

2004-05 Implementation Progress - Achievements, Success Stories and Lessons Learnt

  • Overall, the biennial outputs under PE 241A4 contributed to implementation of the recommendations of the International Year of Mountains. Normative activities under this programme entity contributed to in-house collaboration, including establishing the Mountain PAIA and contributing to Combating Desertification PAIA activities. A database and Web site on FAO's mountain-related work and a Mountain Module for the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) programme were developed. Within the context of the Mountain PAIA, the programme successfully implemented the International Mountain Day in 2004 and 2005. In terms of the Statutory Bodies, a session of the Working Party on the Management of Wildlife and Protected Areas was implemented in Accra in February 2004. A number of TCPs on sustainable mountain development were approved and/or implemented in the biennium 2004-05, for example in Armenia, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan and Poland. A large-scale Global Environment Facility (GEF) project, "Fouta Djallon Highlands Integrated Natural Resources Management", was approved for full funding by the GEF Council in November 2005. FAO acts as the Executing Agency for this ten-year project (LTU: FORC). Support has also been provided to low forest cover countries. The programme contributed to international processes such as the formulation of the work programme on mountain biological diversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the formulation of Chapter 24 (Mountain Systems) of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Mountain Research Initiative and its programme on Global Change in Mountain Regions, and the multipartner project on Protected Area Management and Community Conservation in Central Africa. The programme also collaborated with a number of organizations, such as the Mountain Forum, the International Consortium on Landslides, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and the International Mountain Society. Jointly funded by the Governments of Italy and Switzerland, in 2005 the long-term secretariat of the Mountain Partnership was established. FAO is a founding member of the Mountain Partnership and hosts the secretariat, which builds on FAO expertise and promotes networking and collaboration among members. Regular reports were provided to the relevant sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). The CSD Partnership database was regularly updated with information on the status, activities, achievements and opportunities of the Mountain Partnership. Substantial contributions were made to the drafting of UNGA and UNSG reports on mountains and on partnerships in general. In the context of the Mountain Partnership, a programme on mountain quality products has been implemented, mainly funded by the French Government.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Technologies, technical information and best practices on critical issues in fragile ecosystems with special reference to mountains.
  401 Dissemination and exchange of experiences, best practices and innovative approaches in integrated watershed management and sustainable mountain development Coordination and information exchange FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE Completed
  402 Pilot activities for field testing and demonstration of innovative approaches to integrated watershed management and sustainable mountain development Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE Completed
002   Best practices and approaches to promote effective conservation and sustainable management of biological diversity, including wildlife, in forests and wildlands.
  401 Publications on sustainable practices to manage wildlife and to conserve biological diversity in forest and woodland ecosystems Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
  402 Organization of field-schools and workshops Training (including training courses and materials) FOR RAF RAP Completed
003   Implementation support to: Chapter 13 of Agenda 21, Sustainable Mountain Development, including action resulting from the observance of the International Year of Mountains; the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); and the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD).
  401 Support to the national implementation of UNCCD through facilitation of Action Plans, dissemination of best practices on control of land degradation through forestry and agro-forestry International undertakings, agreements/conventions and standards FOR RAF RNE Completed
  402 Reports on the International Partnership on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, to CSD, WSSD follow-up mechanisms, and other processes related to Agenda 21 Coordination and information exchange FOR Completed
004   Partnerships with institutions involved in sustainable mountain development and enhanced collaboration with national committees established for the observance of and follow-up to the International Year of Mountains.
  401 Support to the International Partnership on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions, including hosting and servicing its secretariat Coordination and information exchange FOR Completed
  402 Institutional support provided to the development of national mechanisms for follow-up to the International Year of Mountains Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR Completed
005   Technical information and best practices on critical issues in fragile ecosystems with special reference to arid zones and drylands.
  401 Support to international cooperation and exchange on the role of trees, forests, and other land use practices appropriate to fragile mountain environments and drylands Coordination and information exchange FOR Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
241A5 Forest Plantations and Trees Outside Forests Technical Project FOR


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: the ability of natural forests to meet future demands of growing populations is being compromised. Forest plantations and trees outside forest systems will take on an increasingly important role as a source of wood and non-wood products, as will environmental and social services in sustaining livelihoods and ensuring food security.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: through support of national programmes in forest plantations and trees outside of forests and participatory land-use policy and planning, a renewable supply of wood and non-wood forest products with attendant environmental and social services, can be developed as an alternative to natural forest resources.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: tree establishment and management plantations can complement natural forests and contribute to meeting a wide range of needs, including future demand for wood and non-wood goods, contribution to food security, and the provision of environmental services. Local communities and forest owners, as well as the private sector and the general public are expected beneficiaries.

Objective

  • Awareness of the role and contribution of forest plantations and trees outside of forests, including agroforestry systems and urban and peri-urban environments; improved national policy formulation and investment.

Indicators

  • Examples of national policies and programmes that support forest plantations and trees outside forests.
  • Extent of increased production and distribution of seedlings.

2004-05 Implementation Progress - Achievements, Success Stories and Lessons Learnt

  • The focus of this programme entity reflects member country priorities, including technical publications (working papers, forestry papers, manuals, codes, guidelines, country reports, case studies, global and regional analyses, status reports) on topical issues on planted forests, agroforestry and trees outside forests as highlighted by member countries (COFO, Regional Commissions, Expert Consultations, Technical Statutory Bodies); regional and national workshops (and proceedings); participation in international conferences; development of a new Web site on trees outside forests, agroforestry and urban/peri-urban forestry, upgrade and update of existing Web sites (planted forests, biosecurity, forest genetic resources, REFORGEN); global survey of planted forests and development of databases (planted forests, reproductive materials, invasive tree species and pests and diseases); LTU and technical backstopping of a wide range of field projects (TCPs, GCPs, UTFs, OSRO) and to international agencies (World Bank, ADB); support to Networks (Neem, Poplars and Willows, Mahogany, EUFORGEN, SAFORGEN, APFOGEN, Planted Forests, Agroforestry, Urban and peri-urban forestry); and contributions to global publications (UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, IPCC Guidelines). Biosecurity (insects, pests, diseases and invasive species) and fires represent major threats to managing planted forests, trees outside forests, agroforestry and urban/peri-urban forests, particularly without sound planning and management. Application of biotechnology is fundamental to address the health, vitality, productivity and sustainability of planted forests and trees in rural and urban landscapes. Increasingly, the role of planted forests, trees outside forests, agroforestry and urban/peri-urban forests is being better understood - not only for producing wood, fibre, NWFPs and bioenergy raw materials for industrial processing but also social and environmental aspects, including forest landscape restoration, rehabilitation of degraded lands (combating desertification), conserving biological diversity, mitigating the effects of climate change, supporting urban and rural livelihoods, alleviating poverty, supporting food security, providing amenity and recreational values and contributing to sustainable land use. Diversity in mechanisms, species and purposes of planted forests, trees outside forests, agroforestry and urban/peri-urban forests requires more multidisciplinary, intersectoral and landscape approaches. Private-sector corporate-smallholder partnerships are emerging as mechanisms for planted forests and trees, but further guidelines, capacity-building, demonstrations and agreements are necessary. Bioenergy from planted forests and trees is emerging as a viable option, but energy and economic accounting to test sustainability is needed. In developing countries, the development of planted forests, trees outside forests, agroforestry and urban/peri-urban forests needs to be linked more directly to poverty alleviation, food security and sustainable livelihoods, in addition to sustainable land-use.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Support to availability of, and access to information on appropriate tree planting materials and technologies.
  401 Support to forest genetic resources networks, coupled with studies and guidelines on access to tree planting materials and technologies Coordination and information exchange FOR Completed
  403 Studies and guidelines on access to tree planting materials and technologies Studies and analyses FOR Completed
002   Improved practices in tree planting and plantation establishment and management.
  403 Guidelines on appropriate technologies for plantation and tree establishment and management Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
  404 Information on status and trends of forest plantations, including their economic and environmental impacts Information (products, systems, databases) FOR Completed
003   Policy and methodologies on land use planning and agroforestry systems.
  401 Advice on land use policy, planning and methodologies for trees outside forests Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR Completed
  402 Dissemination of agro-forestry techniques to promote food security Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
004   Best practices and information on the integration of trees in urban and peri-urban environments.
  401 Information, policy and planning advice and sharing of best practices on the integration of trees in urban and peri-urban environments Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
241A7 Forests and Water Technical Project FOR


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: supplies of fresh water are increasingly scarce and, therefore, the importance of mountain forests and upland areas with regard to the conservation of water resources requires special attention.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: this new entity will focus on improved national awareness and policy environment in support of the sustainable management of mountain forests and upland areas with regard to water resources.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: the improved management of the world's limited supplies of freshwater in upland areas and understanding of the role of forests and trees in the conservation and use of water resources will benefit vulnerable groups as well as populations at large.

Objective

  • Enhanced national awareness and dialogue on, and enabling policy environment for the role of forests and trees, and related practices such as watershed management, in the conservation of water resources.

Indicators

  • Extent of enhanced exchange of best practices on watershed management.
  • Examples of national policy promoting the role of forests and integrated watershed management in water resources use.

2004-05 Implementation Progress - Achievements, Success Stories and Lessons Learnt

  • Overall, the implementation of the biennial outputs under PE 241A7 contributed to implementing the recommendations of the International Year of Freshwater and the International Year of Mountains. Normative activities included a thematic study on forests and water, prepared in the context of the Forest Resources Assessment 2005. This study, which examined the interface between forests and water in different situations (e.g. mountain forests, cloud forests, riparian forests, municipal forest), will be published in 2006. There was also increased involvement in disaster preparedness and control activities (e.g. support to FAO's disaster preparedness programme of FAO in the context of the PAIA Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness and Post-Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation). The biennium 2004-05 saw significant progress in analysing the results of the global watershed management review exercise, which started in 2002, and in preparing the main products of the review: four case studies were published in 2005 (Burundi, Latin America, Mediterranean Area, Nepal) and five volumes of proceedings were print-ready by the end of 2005 and published in early 2006 (of regional workshops in Arequipa [Peru], Kathmandu, Meg[?]ve [France] and Nairobi and an international conference in Sardinia [Italy]). Substantive work was done in 2005 towards finalizing the resource book on the new generation of watershed management programmes and projects to be published in the Forestry Paper Series in 2006. A number of successful TCPs on integrated, participatory watershed management were approved and/or implemented during the biennium, for example in the People's Democratic Republic of Korea and Tajikistan. Through these projects, first steps were made towards promoting and implementing the new approaches that resulted from the watershed management review exercise. The 24th session of the European Forestry Commission Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds was held in September 2004 in Cracow, Poland. In addition, support was provided to the North American Forestry Commission in establishing a Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds. Collaboration with the International Consortium on Landslides was also intensified.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Approaches and strategies on effective watershed management, forest hydrology application and other forest related practices for the sustainable use of water resources.
  401 Methodologies and technology transfer for effective watershed management, including forest practices which lead to the sustainable use of water resources Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
  402 Develop, prepare and disseminate specific communication materials targeting policy makers for the promotion of effective approaches Information (products, systems, databases) FOR Completed
002   Innovative approaches for the conservation and sustainable development of critical mountain watersheds and upland resources relevant to water conservation and use.
  401 Development of innovative approaches for the conservation and sustainable development of upland watersheds Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
  402 Disseminate information collected on achieved results and lessons learned Coordination and information exchange FOR Completed
003   Development of best forestry practices for the enhancement and conservation of water resources in lowland landscapes.
  401 Promotion of new approaches to watershed management and related disaster control methods Coordination and information exchange FOR Completed
  402 Promote and test the role of tree-based production systems and trees outside forest in the conservation of water resources Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Postponed
004   Institutional capacity building for the implementation of sustainable management strategies and programmes for mountain watersheds and upland resources.
  401 Support to institutional capacity building to implement appropriate policies to conserve water resources Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR Completed
005   Policies and action programmes for effective watershed management, including field-level approaches, as a follow up to the International Year of Mountains and the International Year of Fresh Water.
  401 Support to implementation of recommendations from the International Year of Mountains (2002) and the International Year of Fresh Water (2003) International undertakings, agreements/conventions and standards FOR Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
241A8 Forests and Climate Change Technical Project FOR


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: as more scientific information about global warming accumulates, climate change emerges as one of the major environmental issues facing the international community. Environmental degradation, including forests, is intricately intertwined with climate change and must be addressed.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: ensuring that the importance of the role of forests and sustainable forest management has a high profile in international and national climate change agenda and mechanisms; support to international agreements and Members in more fully taking into account and address this critical aspect.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: addressing the critical role of forests in mitigating the impact of climate change will benefit all Members, particularly developing countries, whom FAO can help with implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCC), e.g. in the context of national forest programmes, thus promoting the well-being of their populations, particularly the most vulnerable segments.

Objective

  • International climate change-related instruments, national programmes, implementation plans and mechanisms adequately address and safeguard the sustainable development of forests, forestry and forest products.

Indicators

  • Climate change regime in land use adequately addresses forest issues.
  • Successful national implementation of the pertinent aspects of the Kyoto Protocol.

2004-05 Implementation Progress - Achievements, Success Stories and Lessons Learnt

  • FAO has played a major role in the international processes related to forests and climate chanage, as documented in IPCC documentaions ( i.e. Godd Practice Guidance), offial documents of SBSTA and COP of the UNFCCC, and several submissions to the UNFCCC- advocating an adequate role of forests in climate change and providing assistance to the UNFCCC Secretariat and FAO Members FAO has also helped member countries to prepare for the climate chnage negotiations and assist in actual implementation, e.g. forestry projects under the CDM, in several regional workshops, together with international and national partner organizations. Climate change aspects have been successfully integrated into FAO's core outputs, such as the 2005 Forest Resource Assessment and major publications, such as State of the World's Forest or Unasylva.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Technical support to international climate change-related processes and negotiations from the perspective of forests.
  401 Collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to develop and promote guidelines for improved forest practices Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
  402 Development of carbon inventory for forest ecosystems in developed and developing countries Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
  403 Consistent terminology related to carbon stock assessment in forests International undertakings, agreements/conventions and standards FOR Postponed
002   Technical assistance to Members and comprehensive information for implementing the Kyoto Protocol and/or for climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
  401 Assistance to national capacity building to comply with the Kyoto Protocol Training (including training courses and materials) FOR Completed
003   Integration of climate change adaptation and mitigation into pertinent FAO's substantive activities.
  401 Support to technical discussions on forests and climate change Coordination and information exchange FOR Completed
  402 Analysis of key issues related to forests and climate Studies and analyses FOR Completed
004   Information regarding promotion of wood fuels as substitutes for fossil fuels.
  401 Promotion of wood fuels as substitute for fossil fuels Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
241P1 Assessment and Monitoring of Forests and Woodland Resources Continuing Programme Activity FOR


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: the quality and quantity of information on forest resources appears to be declining in many developing countries. Further, there is no common set of assessment and monitoring methodologies to facilitate exchange among the various partners at the international level.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: this entity will seek to ensure that international and national initiatives, policies and programmes more fully reflecting common understanding of forestry resources and uses which should contribute to better management of these resources. This would ultimately lead to more sustainable forest management and fair trade.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: both current and future generations would ultimately derive environmental and economic benefits, as well as indigenous peoples who depend on forest resources for their livelihoods.

Objective

  • international and national initiatives, policies and programmes reflect and are facilitated by a common and enhanced information base.

Indicators

  • Extent to which national forestry policies and programmes and international initiatives and conventions take into account FAO's information.

2004-05 Implementation Progress - Achievements, Success Stories and Lessons Learnt

  • The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 - the most comprehensive assessment to date, involving more than 880 people - was finalized during this period and the results published on the Web and in print. Information was presented on more than 40 variables related to the extent, condition, uses and values of forests for 229 countries and areas and for three points in time: 1990, 2000 and 2005. The Assessment generated significant interest and received widespread media coverage, but it is too early to assess its impact on national forest policies and programmes and on international initiatives and conventions. Among the lessons learned is that it is possible to achieve a high response rate from countries if national correspondents are officially nominated and provided with technical support throughout the process. This requires adequate resources to establish and maintain regional networks of correspondents and provide the technical guidance needed. Four countries completed a national forest assessment during this period. These assessments included a policy impact analysis, which highlighted the importance of establishing a mechanism for integrating results from national assessments into the forest policy process.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Improved methodologies for assessing and monitoring changes in all types of forests and woodlands.
  401 Development and transfer of new methodologies for forest inventories and assessments through pilot projects in countries Methodologies and guidelines (including pilot testing and demonstration) FOR Completed
  402 Enhanced national-level analyses and use of forest-related information in national policy processes Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR Completed
002   Reports and updates on the extent and quality of global forest resources.
  401 Continuously updated national information, provided by countries, on forests and forestry disseminated through the FAO website Information (products, systems, databases) FOR Completed
  402 Periodic updates of core forest resources statistics in the State of the World's Forests (SOFO) reports Information (products, systems, databases) FOR Completed
  403 Update of Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000 (to be published in 2005) Studies and analyses FOR Completed
004   Support to national and international monitoring and reporting on progress towards sustainable forest management.
  401 Training, workshops and publications to support improved national forest assessments Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR Completed
  402 Support to country efforts to monitor, assess and report on progress toward sustainable forest management, including effective implementation of agreed criteria and indicators Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
241S1 Technical Support and Advisory Services Technical Service Agreement FOR


Indicators

  • Technical backstopping to field projects
  • Advisory missions to member countries

2004-05 Implementation Progress - Achievements, Success Stories and Lessons Learnt

  • The field programme activity continued to play an important role in linking the normative activity to the field in support of member countries. Its main aim was to build country capacity in areas of sustainable forest management and good progress was made in overall.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Interaction with field programme
  401 Advice to countries and support to field projects related to forest management and conservation, including trees outside forests Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOR RAF RAP RLC RNE SAFR SAPA SLAC Completed
002   Advice to member countries
004   Intra-departmental cooperation



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