Strengthening Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting (MAR) on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Asia

The project aims to develop a framework and set of technical guidelines to monitor and assess the sustainable forest management. This will be done through the creation of manuals /guidelines which will be tested in the Asia and Pacific Region, upon the donor's specific request. However, these technical documents will have global utility and will not be just region or country specific.

The main objective of the project is to develop a globally harmonized forest-related national Monitoring Assessment and Reporting) (MAR) system and apply it in the Asia Pacific region to directly contribute to the improvement of sustainable forest management (SFM) regimes in the Asia Pacific region. An associated objective is to provide better information on forests coupled with enhanced access and sharing with civil society in order to facilitate and improve upon national decision-making, formulation of efficient forest policies and sustainable forest management and planning.

The project plans to accomplish its objectives in two phases.
  1. The Development Phase spreads over the first two years of the project and focuses on (a) international activities like the establishment of linkages with forest-related processes and the development of a globally harmonized framework, guidelines and database structure, including pilot testing in some countries and (b) a set of national activities that initiate and facilitate the implementation of the harmonized MAR on SFM.
  2. The Implementation Phase spreads over the remaining three years of the project period and its detailed design will be finalised on the basis of a review of activities and outputs of the first phase. This phase focuses on the implementation of the harmonized MAR on SFM, including facilitating establishment of databases at the national level in selected project countries within the Asia and the Pacific region through training, reviews, studies, workshops and expert consultations.
last updated:  Wednesday, February 18, 2009