Previous initiatives

In the framework of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, FAO has organized and co-sponsored a series of key meetings and conferences on Criteria and Indicators, namely:

Near East process

  • FAO/UNEP. 1998. National Coordinators' Meeting on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management for Near East Countries. Damascus, Syria; 02 - 04 December 1998.

  • FAO. 1997 Workshop on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Near East Process. Cairo, Egypt; 30 June - 03 July 1997.

  • FAO/UNEP. 1996. Expert Meeting on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in the Near East. Cairo, Egypt; 15-17 October 1996.

    Dry-Zone Africa process

  • FAO/UNEP. 1999. FAO/UNEP Workshop of National Coordinators for Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in CILSS Member Countries, Dry-Zone Africa Process. Dakar, Senegal; 14 - 17, December 1999.

  • UNEP/FAO. 1998. National Coordinator's meeting on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management for SADC Member Countries; Dry-Zone Africa Process. Lilongwe, Malawi; 15 - 18 December 1998.

  • UNEP/FAO. 1997. UNEP/FAO Workshop on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Dry-Zone Africa. Nairobi, Kenya; 24-27 November 1997.

  • UNEP/FAO. 1995. UNEP/FAO Expert Meeting on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Dry-Zone Africa. Nairobi, Kenya; 21-24 November 1995.

    Dry forests in Asia

  • FAO/UNEP/ITTO/IIFM/USFS; 2000; Workshop on the Development of National-Level Criteria and Indicators for the Sustainable Management of Dry Forests in Asia. Bhopal, India; 30 November - 3 December 1999.

    Lepaterique process

  • Televideo conference on Criteria and Indicators: Government of Finland-PROCAFOR/CCAB-AP/CATIE Costa Rica/FAO-Roma; 19-20/06 2000.

  • CCAD/FAO/CCAB-AP: 1997. Expert Meeting on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Central America.

    INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS FOR CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

  • FAO in collaboration with ITTO held the Expert Meeting on Harmonization of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management  from 13 to 16 February 1995 .The meeting included experts from countries and organizations involved in the existing criteria and indicators international processes and experts knowledgeable of those geographical and ecological regions which, at the time, had not been involved in international activities in this field. The meeting was aimed at reviewing the thematic and geographical coverage of on going, national-level initiatives on criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management; seek ways and means of involving countries and regions not covered by such initiatives; and promote comparability, and possible harmonisation, of on going initiatives.


  • FAO with partner organizations (ITTO, CIFOR, IUFRO, and UNEP) held an Expert Consultation on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Rome, in November 2000. The expert consultation carried out an overview of status at international level, with special reference to national level criteria and indicators. Progress in the development and implementation of criteria and indicators was reviewed and ways to enhance cooperation, compatibility and common understanding among criteria and indicators processes was discussed.

  • An important recommendation of the expert consultation held in November 2000 was the necessity of organising a larger meeting with broader stakeholder involvement. In February 2003, the FAO co-sponsored the International Conference on the Contribution of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management: the way forward (CICI-2003) with ITTO and the governments of Finland and the United States of America. The conference was hosted by Guatemala.

  • last updated:  Thursday, January 9, 2014