The Near East Process on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management

The Near East Process stemmed from a FAO/UNEP Expert Meeting on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management, held in 1996.

The 30 participating countries have identified seven national level criteria and 65 indicators, focusing mainly on the management of dry-zone forests and woodlands in the region.

The Near East Forestry Commission has endorsed and is closely following the work. A number of regional workshops and expert meetings have been held to review the applicability of the criteria and indicators in countries concerned and to discuss the availability of information and national capacities for collection and analysis of data. Guidelines for assessment and measurement are presently under development (2000).

Member countries

Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


The Near East Process

Regional Office of FAO for the Near East


Pape Djiby Koné
Senior Forestry Officer
Regional Office for the Near East
El Eslah El Zerai Street
11 Dokki, Cairo br> PO Box 2223, Cairo - Egypt
Tel. +011-2023316000 / +011-2023316316 (direct line)

Mr. Muzaffer Dogru;
Near East Process;
Farabi Caddesi 17/6;
Finntry, Kavaklidere; Ankara, Turkey;
Tel: 90-312-4282672/4387156;
Fax: 90-312-4282675.

Alexandros Christodoulou;
Chief Conservator of Forest;
Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment;
Department of Forests;
1414 Nicosia, Cyprus;
Tel: 357-22805503;
Fax: 357-22780428;

Mahmoud Medany;
First Researcher and Consultant
of Climate Change Unit;
Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency;
30 Misr Helwan EL-Zyrae Rd, Maadi
P.O.Box 11728, Cairo, Egypt;
Tel: 02-5256470;
Fax: 02-5256461;

Tariq Nazir Chaudhry;
Section Officer;
Ministry of Environment Local Government and Rural;
16/2 E. Sector G, 10/2;
Islamabad, Pakistan;
Tel: 92-512212242;
Fax: 92-51-2242242;

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last updated:  Thursday, January 9, 2014