Evaluation of FAO’s Role and Work in Forestry
In recent years, the role of forests in global responses to the challenges of sustainable natural resources management, bio-energy development and natural disaster mitigation has been given considerable attention by the international community.
As part of the Independent External Evaluation of FAO, an assessment of FAO’s forestry programme was undertaken, covering the period up to 2006. On the basis of this work, a number of broad recommendations related to FAO’s strategic stance in Forestry were put forth. The IEE recommended the conduct of “a strategic review of its work in Forestry […] with a focus on desired outcomes to be achieved as the result of FAO’s work in Forestry”, which resulted in the new FAO Strategy for Forests and Forestry, published in 2010, to guide actions for the following 10 years.
The IEE further noted in fact that “No external evaluation of this work has taken place in recent years”. The Forestry Department has also received substantial financial support from donors in recent years which have not been the subject of evaluation. For these reasons and the international attention on the role of forestry on global issues, the Programme Committee gave priority to the conduct of a comprehensive evaluation of FAO’s role and work in forestry.
The evaluation of FAO’s role and work in forestry will aim at providing evidence-based analysis of recent and current approach’s strengths and shortcomings, including the appropriateness of the strategies underpinning the work of FAO in forestry, achievements with regard to objectives, including issues such as partnerships and linkages with other sectors, and considerations of sustainability.