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Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
244A1 International Forestry Processes Technical Project FON


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: Members require substantial technical support in relation to their participation in international forest-related instruments and processes, including for the preparation of coordinated inputs. They also need support to decision making and consensus building towards actions to achieve and promote sustainable forest management worldwide.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: increased consensus and action-oriented outcomes within international forest processes, as well as catalytic support from FAO for the implementation of the actions agreed in these processes should lead to better national, regional and global practices for the sustainable management of forest resources.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) and member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) in particular will benefit from more effective and consensus-based actions to achieve and promote sustainable forest management worldwide, ultimately benefiting all countries and populations.

Objective

  • Increased consensus and action-oriented outcomes within various international forest-related instruments and processes coupled with facilitation of the implementation of actions agreed in these processes at national, regional and global levels.

Indicators

  • Examples and evidence of increased consensus and action-oriented outcomes arising out of international forestry related instruments and processes.
  • Examples of implementation of actions agreed in international forestry processes at the national, regional and global levels benefiting from support from this entity.

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

  • In 2004, the six Regional Forestry Commissions agreed on the importance of increased collaboration on forest fire prevention and management. In partnership with other international organizations, FAO facilitated the development of 11 subregional forest fire networks, as well as agreement by Ministers responsible for forests on the development of a global strategy for cooperation on forest fires. This is a long-term process, and work is continuing in 2006-07. Significant progress was also made in the area of landscape restoration, with countries and key international organizations agreeing on strategies and actions to restore forests as an integral part of broader landscapes. FAO continued to lead the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, which developed a prototype for streamlined reporting on progress towards meeting international commitments related to forests.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Coordinated technical, policy and legal inputs in support to the United Nations Forum on Forests.
  401 Technical and policy studies and documents prepared for the sessions of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Studies and analyses FOD FOR Completed
002   Coordinated inputs and support to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.
  401 Support to the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) through documents, meetings, Web site Coordination and information exchange FOD FOR Completed
  402 Further development of the Sourcebook of Funds for Sustainable Forest Management Information (products, systems, databases) FOD FON FOR Completed
  403 Report of the Task Force to Streamline Reports to International Forest-Related Processes Direct advice to Members; field programme support FOD FON Completed
003   Coordinated reports to Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) on the implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcome of World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
  401 Reports to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and other international bodies International undertakings, agreements/conventions and standards FOD FON Cancelled
004   Coordinated forestry reports and inputs to various processes and international conventions.
  401 Support to and coordination of FAO contributions to international conventions related to forests International undertakings, agreements/conventions and standards FOD FON Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
244P1 Forestry Information Continuing Programme Activity FON


Rationale

  • Development problem to be addressed: a lack of transparency, clarity and comparability in forestry information, coupled with the extensive geographic spread of forests and their diverse characteristics, makes it quite challenging to have a clear picture of how resources are changing over time, constraining attempts to reform plans, policies and programmes to advance sustainable management of forests. As a result, well-intended policy reform cannot be monitored for effectiveness, while illegal activities and misuse of forest resources result in forest degradation or disappearance.
  • Proposed contribution to problem resolution: improved awareness of key forestry issues and advocacy of sustainable management of forest resources by policy makers and other important sectoral stakeholders, will facilitate reform and refinement of national forest policies and programmes.
  • Intended end beneficiaries: more successful reform efforts will advance sustainable management of forests, stem resource degradation and misuse, as well as illegal activities in the sector, benefiting national governments and both current and future generations.

Objective

  • Improved awareness of key forestry issues, advocacy of sustainable management of forest resources (on the part of policy makers in formulating forest sector plans and of researchers and academic institutions in informing the public debate) based on wider access to a current and objective information base.

Indicators

  • Evidence of improved awareness and advocacy of key forestry issues impacting sustainable development.
  • Increased pursuit and achievement of sustainable development policies by government officials and other decision makers formulating forest sector plans.

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

  • The number of press releases and Web stories on forestry issues increased from an average of 3-4 per year before 2004, to over 30 in 2005. A new section of the FAO Forestry Web site was launched, featuring regular stories about forests and forestry and linked directly to the FAO Newsroom. A new listserver, INFOSYLVA, was launched, with the aim of keeping interested subscribers informed about developments in the world of forestry on a bi-weekly basis. Over 10 000 people have subscribed to this electronic news service.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Forestry Web site, providing access to databases and other information using dynamic search criteria.
  402 Continued development and enhancements of FORIS (Forest Information System), including direct access by member countries Information (products, systems, databases) FON Completed
002   Institution building services and methods for managing countries' forest-related data, information and knowledge.
  401 Support to national forestry information capabilities Information (products, systems, databases) FON Completed
003   Production of coordinated forestry information materials.
  401 Timely and accurate information on the status and trends of the world's forests, related policies and institutions, and on FAO's work in forestry, including the biennial publication of the State of the World's Forests (SOFO) Information (products, systems, databases) FON Completed
  402 Timely information on the world's forests, related policies and institutions, and on FAO's work in forestry Information (products, systems, databases) FON Completed
  404 Quarterly publication of Unasylva, including Internet accessibility Information (products, systems, databases) FON Completed
004   Documentation and search facilities and services, linked with specialised documentation centres.
  401 Modernize the FAO Forestry Library and improve the capability to provide information to member countries, including linkages with other major libraries. Information (products, systems, databases) FON Completed
005   Advocacy activities for non-technical audiences on selected forestry issues.
  401 Dissemination of targeted information including advocacy materials Information (products, systems, databases) FON Completed



Programme Entity Title Type Lead Division
244S1 Support to Statutory Bodies and Liaison with the Regional Offices Technical Service Agreement FON


Indicators

  • Participation by governments
  • Participation by non-governmental organisations
  • Participation by private sector

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

  • In 2004-05, the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions and the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) had record levels of participation by countries, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Over 550 people participated in the six Regional Forestry Commission meetings, including representatives from 133 countries and 104 organizations. COFO attracted over 600 participants, about 50 percent more than the previous record, including 90 national Heads of Forestry.


Major Output Biennial Output Title Type Contributing Divisions (Lead Division in bold) Status
001   Committee on Forestry
  401 Organization of the seventeenth session of the FAO Committee on Forestry Coordination and information exchange FON Completed
  402 Ministerial Meeting Coordination and information exchange FON Completed
  408 High Level Panel of Experts in Forestry Studies and analyses FON Completed
002   Regional Forestry Commissions
  401 Organization of the fourteenth session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission Coordination and information exchange FON RAF Completed
  402 Organization of the twentieth session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission Coordination and information exchange FON RAP Completed
  403 Organization of the thirty-second session of the European Forestry Commission Coordination and information exchange FON LOGE SEUR Completed
  404 Organization of the twenty-third session of the Latin America and Caribbean Forestry Commission Coordination and information exchange FON RLC Completed
  405 Organization of the twenty-second session of the North American Forestry Commission Coordination and information exchange FON Completed
  406 Organization of the sixteenth session of the Near East Forestry Commission Coordination and information exchange FON RNE Completed
  407 Promotion of more effective use of the regional forestry commissions as venues for policy dialogue and coordinated action to promote sustainable forest management Coordination and information exchange FON RAF RAP RLC RNE SEUR Completed
003   Forestry technical statutory bodies: Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products; International Poplar Commission; Silva Mediterranea; Working Group of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission; and Panel of Experts on Forest Genetic Resources
  401 Two meetings of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products Coordination and information exchange FON FOP FOR Completed
  402 One meeting of the Panel of Experts on Forest Gene Resources Coordination and information exchange FON FOR Completed
  403 One meeting of the International Poplar Commission Coordination and information exchange FON FOR Completed
  404 One meeting of Silva Mediterranea Coordination and information exchange FON FOR Completed
  405 One meeting of the Working Group of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission Coordination and information exchange FON RAF Completed
004   Improved liaison with decentralised forestry staff, including those seconded to other organizations, and with FAO Representatives
  401 Support to effective coordination between FAO Headquarters and decentralized offices Coordination and information exchange FON Completed



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