Criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management
Why are criteria and indicators important?
Criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management are an efficient framework to help countries collect, store and disseminate reliable and scientifically based information on forests, in order to monitor and assess the state of forests.
Criteria and indicators help building bridges between stakeholders in the forestry domain; they are useful in informing policy makers and in communicating with the public. In turn, this information is a means to influence policies and decisions to achieve Sustainable forest management.
At the international level, criteria and indicators help countries to prepare consistent and solid national reports for international organisations, UN conventions and legally-binding agreements related to forests such as:
At the national level, criteria and indicators are useful tools for: