National Correspondents training session, Rome 17-21 November 2003

The Committee on Forestry (COFO) 2003 has endorsed the framework for FRA 2005 outlined at Kotka IV meeting including reinforcement and formalization of the National Correspondents (NC) network that constitutes the backbone of the global assessment as it directly engages leading professionals that represent their countries in the assessment work. FAO organized this training of NCs in November 2003 to implement this directive from COFO.


Specific objectives of training of NC were the following:

  • to formally institutionalise the system of National Correspondents,
  • to initiate efforts to build their capacities in global forest resource assessment to respond to immediate needs of FRA 2005 and to long term needs of FRA programme,
  • to formally launch for development of FRA 2005,
  • to develop national and regional work plans for implementation of FRA 2005, and
  • to receive feed back from NCs on the basic three documents (Guidelines for Country Reporting, National Reporting Tables for Country Reporting, and Terms and Definitions) for making changes, if considered necessary.

FAO took the following preparatory steps before the meeting to ensure productive participation of NCs.

  1. Seeking official nominations of NCs for global FRA from all countries
  2. Developing background technical material in close collaboration with the FRA Advisory Group and distributing it to participants three months in advance of the meeting.
  3. Developing pilot studies for five countries (Guatemala, India, Italy, South Africa and Sweden) to serve as example of country reporting to FRA 2005.
  4. Developing a FRA 2005 website to publish the three background documents on the web (Terms and Definitions, Guidelines For Country Reporting and Specification of National Reporting Tables to enhance credibility through openness,transparency and neutrality and to make them available to users at large).

Organization and training process

FAO organised this meeting in collaboration with International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) and invited all officially nominated National Correspondents to participate in this process. In addition, FAO requested the members of the Advisory Group to get direct feed back from the national correspondents before finalizing the three basic documents and schedule of reporting. All FAO staff related directly or indirectly with FRA work, either made presentation or worked as chair or co-chair in the sessions so that NCs feel closer to them and interact with them as and when needed.

The training consisted of ten plenary sessions that basically laid the conceptual framework, basis and guidelines for developing FRA 2005. In addition, three group works were woven in the training programme to make things clear and to indicate ways to National Correspondents (NCs) for organising country efforts to implement FRA 2005.

The papers from the training session are available below (pdf. format).

<p>Agenda <br>List of participants</p> 

The outputs of each group work were synthesized into a single report and presented in plenary sessions for comments by NCs. The last plenary session provided an additional opportunity to National Correspondents to make final remarks.
The Proceedings document below collects the outputs of the three group works, the presentations, the speeches and the work done during the whole training session.

Proceedings part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4</p> 
last updated:  Monday, November 27, 2006