Criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management
Following the UNCED Conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, the Food and Agriculture Organization was confered the mandate of task manager and lead organization in the forestry domain.
FAO has therefore played an active role in promoting national and international initiatives to develop criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, together with partner international organizations and governments.
The momentum created by the Rio summit in 1992, enabled countries and supporting international organizations to launch and continue developing nine separate internationalCriteria and indicators processes between 1992 and 1999. As a result the main eco-regions of the world and approximately 150 countries are currently participating in one or more processes aimed at defining and measuring the sustainability of forest management.