Overview - minutes from 6-7th of March 2003, FAO - Rome

Decripiton of the document

  • Background of the manual on forestry inventory was presented, and it was concluded that there was a need to update that information.
  • The document will be oriented towards sample based national forest assessments and the assessments should provide information to be used in forest management and policy development.
  • The document should be a link between the national work of the NFA and the academic world.
  • The document will be published in several languages (initially in English, French and Spanish; other languages may come later).
  • The document is developed as in collaboration between IUFRO, FAO, SIDA, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

GFRA background information

  • Peter Holmgren presents the history and evolution of the GFRA programme. The next GFRA is estimated to 2005. The GFRA will be based on the criteria developed by the Criteria and Indicators Processes for sustainable forest management. These are now called the common thematic areas.
  • GFRA is responsible for the forestry part in the millennium development goals.
  • GFRA should be a streamline on forest related reporting processes.
  • GFRA should evaluate information request and make one unique questionnaire.
  • Capacity building at national level is needed (themes carbon sequestration, biomass and volume estimation, inventories, etc).
  • National correspondents to GFRA should have a training (Nov) in Rome. This will give the opportunity for them to get involved with the FAO staff, and have a better and strengthened link with the GFRA team, and guarantee the update of information.

Information request

  • A new chapter treating interviews should be developed. Guidelines for interviews and selection of groups to be monitored are issues to be discussed in this chapter and also the problem with having interviews over time. (Krister Andersson is a candidate to be contacted).
  • Interviews should be related with the sampling exercise and measurements. Main user should be identified; the FRA team involved in the NFA presented a description on how the questionnaires and questions are developed.
  • The need was highlighted to identify what it is important to know: what is coming from inventories and what is coming from the interviews. Soft data may be collected from the inventory but it has to be organized. Accuracy is an important point to take into consideration. Even if there is no way to evaluate the accuracy, it should be mentioned to guarantee the transparency of the information.
  • Up to now there has not been a systematic way to relate the sociological and biophysical data. There is still a gap on procedures to verify the answers.
  • NFA are important to evaluate the contribution of forest resources on food security. It was indicated the need to explore this area and the integration of other land covers such as agricultural land in the NFA.
  • Case studies can show the different adaptations used and can have the same format and identification of the difficulties that may be presented during the implementation phase of a NFA.

Audience, editing and per-review

  • The document should be targeted towards foresters, but not in a specialized field. It may also be used as teaching material in general forestry courses and some electronic exercises for teaching purposes may be included in each chapter.
  • For better targeting the audience, it will be needed to have a common style and terminology. The coordinator should check on the common terminology and also revise from the editorial point of view, but a final edition by a style editor from FAO of the document is also needed.
  • The document should be revised technically, and the authors have the responsibility of doing that.
  • The finalized draft subject paper will first be pre-reviewed by the coordinator before sending it out to external reviewers. The importance of getting reviews from both developing and developed countries was highlighted.