The evolution of a complex concept such as sustainable forest management since the UNCED conference was held in 1992, made it necessary to adopt accurate and scientifically based instruments to define it and assess it.

As a result, criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management were developed in the last decade to identify the multiple functions of forests and the different aspects involved in achieving sustainable forest management i.e. the administrative, legal, socio-economic, productive and environmental domains.

Yet, criteria and indicators not only define sustainable forest management, they also act as cross-sectoral linkages that help integrating and articulating the complex meaning of sustainable management, both at the national and the international levels.

At the international level, Criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management processes are closely related to a number of international forest-related and cross-sectoral processes such as the Forest Resources Assessment Programme (FRA)of FAO, the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

last updated:  Thursday, January 9, 2014