Framework for assessing and monitoring forest governance

The need for a comprehensive analytical framework for country level forest governance assessments has been widely recognized. Several organizations have been collaborating to develop a generic framework for possible adaptation and use by countries in monitoring and assessing the governance of their forests.

©FAO/Noel CelisIn September 2010, FAO and the Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank jointly organized the International Symposium on Indicators to Assess and Monitor the Quality of Forest Governance in Stockholm to take stock of progress and lessons from experience in the development and applications of indicators in specific areas of governance.  

Four key points of consensus emerged from the symposium. Participants agreed that:

  1. Simple, practical and actionable tools are needed to diagnose, assess and monitor forest governance;
  2. Practical tool development should exploit synergies across several on-going efforts;
  3. A common framework should be developed; and
  4. There is an urgent need to move forward to meet the current high demand for tools to monitor and assess forest governance.

Building on these agreements, a group of experts led by FAO and the World Bank developed the Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance. The Framework facilitates description, diagnosis, monitoring, assessment and reporting on the state of governance in a country’s forest sector. It features a globally relevant and comprehensive list of the major elements that describe forest governance. It also provides a frame of reference for organizing governance-relevant information that can be used within and across countries to assess and monitor the governance of forests and forest resources. It can assist countries in reflecting on and responding to critical issues in forest governance in ways that can be measured, tracked and improved over time. By enabling informed discussions among stakeholders on governance in the forest sector, the Framework also seeks to foster opportunities for wider national discussions on overall governance beyond the forest sector. 

The framework was presented at the Expert Meeting on Governance of Forests and REDD+, which took place at FAO in Rome on 19-20 May 2011.

At the same meeting the complementary Draft Guidance for the Provision of Information on REDD+ Governance developed by UN-REDD and Chatham House was also presented. Both documents use the same framework for good governance, consisting of three pillars and six principles.

Recommendations from the participating experts included the following four points:

  • further develop the documents, including their dissemination and communication;
  • further analyze synergies among initiatives and encourage coordination between existing tools;
  • organize a “community of practice” to collect and share information on country best practice; and
  • conduct in-country actions (training, capacity building and pilot testing).


last updated:  Tuesday, June 12, 2012