7. Conclusions

  • Forest sector policies must be seen as an integrated part of overall national policies. Forest policies cannot be developed in isolation.
  • Questions of policy nature should be identified as the first step. Collection of information (e.g. a National Forest Inventory) follows thereafter.
  • In most countries there is need for an analysis of different stakeholders¿ interest in improved statistics.
  • Countries should recognise the need in policy making and planning of information about use of the forests, change, plantations, trees outside of forests, non-wood forests products and the role of forests for local communities
  • Most countries should establish an Analysis Unit. This unit should be active in identifying "hot" forestry issues, participate in collection of statistics and analyse consequences of different policy measures. It should work in close co-operation with both the policy-making authorities and the organisations that collect information. An important task should be to identify the need for different types of information. It ought to be as independent as possible.
  • Analyses, collection of statistics etc. must be seen in the context of the political process and be designed to inform forest managers of the consequences of their actions. Forest inventories undertaken in isolation are of little value.
  • In the political process it is necessary to seek as much consensus as possible. This is a condition for acceptance and smooth implementation. Planning cannot just aim at finding the technically best solution.
  • An implementation strategy must be part of any forestry strategy. To make a strategy work requires much work (and therefore often fails)
  • Implementation must be followed by adequate monitoring.