FAO's programme dedicated to assisting countries in developing national forest monitoring systems and assessments with the objective of providing reliable forest resource information for national forest policy development, planning and sustainable management.


Preparing for the Global Forest Survey 12 November 2015

This week, FAO will bring together around 30 country representatives and forestry experts from research institutions and intergovernmental organizations to consolidate the planning for the Global Forest Survey (GFS) project.

The project will establish a global network of forestry sample plots to produce freely available and comparable forest data about the characteristics and health status of specific forest ecosystems (not limited by country borders). Implemented by FAO, the project is supported by the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) of Germany.

Online consultation on the first draft of the FAO voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring 30 September 2015

FAO Forestry Department is seeking your input on the draft of the FAO voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring. The consultative process will be carried out through an online consultation managed by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition. We look forward to your participation and to a rich and fruitful discussion! Follow the link to know more about it and to join the discussion.

FAO Forest Monitoring Events at WFC 18 September 2015

Forest monitoring was among the main themes discussed during the 2015 World Forestry Congress. Subtheme 5, "Monitoring forests for better decision-making" was aimed at providing a forum for sharing experiences in forest monitoring, success stories and lessons learned. FAO Forest Monitoring teams were present with a number of side events to highlight progress and experiences in the monitoring of forest resources at national level. Events and side events included:

>> Session 5.3 - Experiences from around the world - A selection of voluntary papers based on national or sub-national experience and case studies.

>> Open Foris - free and open source tools for data collection, analysis and reporting – Presentation of the current Open Foris software tools and practical examples of user cases from Africa, Asia and South America.

>> Sharing experiences on the implementation of national forest monitoring - Experiences and lessons learned on the implementation of a National Forest Monitoring and introduction of the FAO voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring.

>> Global Forest Survey - A global network of field plots to freely share knowledge and data on forests - A project in cooperation with technical and research organizations to produce open and free information on forest attributes at biome and forest type level.

>> Improving national ownership of data collection for informed decision-making – FAO’s use of open-source tools for capacity building on forest monitoring and how this approach promotes data accuracy and national ownership.

>> Improving data on socioeconomic benefits of forests - Progress and experiences in developing tools and methodological approaches to collect, share and use national data on socioeconomic benefits of forests.

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Vietnam NFA Project on FAO Vietnam website 5 August 2015

“We believe that, the results and outputs of the NFA project will contribute to the Viet Nam’s strategies on socio-economic development and environment protection as well as efforts to mitigate climate change,” said JongHa Bae, FAO Representative in Viet Nam - read more on the FAO Vietnam website

Toward sustainable forest management in the Kyrgyz Republic 2 March 2015

The more a country knows about its forests, the better it can manage and protect them for future generations. With this in mind, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic sought assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, through a Technical Cooperation Programme project, to strengthen national capacities to monitor and assess the country's forest and land resources.

The project was carried out in partnership with the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry and with additional funding from the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the Swiss-Kyrgyz Forestry Support Programme. More than 50 staff from the Department of Forest, Hunting and Ground Inventory received training on national forest management assessments. A national forest vegetation and land use classification system for remote-sensing surveys was developed. In addition, FAO and the department worked closely to store and manage information from the forest and land assessments and published findings in both Russian and English on the state of the country's forests and natural resources.

Desafíos de la información sobre bosques y cambio climático 28 November 2014

Artículo por Carla Ramírez Zea / Asesora Técnica Principal Forestal, FAO Perú


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last updated:  Monday, November 9, 2015