National Forest Programme
When developing and agreeing on the concept of national forest programmes, the UN Member States agreed that "national forest programme" is a generic term encompassing a wide range of approaches to sustainable forest management within different countries, that can be applied at national and subnational levels based on a number of principles . Countries agreed that, regardless of the approach adopted by individual countries, national forest programmes are long-term iterative processes and should recognize the following:
- national sovereignty and country leadership;
- consistency with national policies and international commitments and integration with the country's sustainable development strategies;
- partnership and participation;
- holistic and intersectoral approaches.
For the sake of simplicity, this Web site has aggregated three clusters of core principles under which all original principles are subsumed. The core clusters are: