The analysis comprises the identification of needs, problems, opportunities, challenges and risks. It is in itself an iterative process. Starting with existing documents, the quality and quantity of available information have to be assessed, and information gaps identified and addressed. However, it is not always necessary or possible to undertake in-depth analysis as the start of a review or revision process of an existing NFP.


The analysis phase aims to identify areas where information gaps exist and in-depth analysis is needed, and consequently suggest necessary actions to address these gaps. 

To enhance participation and institutional development, information on the interests and capacities of the different stakeholders and institutions influencing, or being influenced by, the forest sector should to be collected and analysed.

The results of the analysis or reviews undertaken should be made available to all relevant stakeholders and civil society.


The analysis provides reviews on key issues. Analysis results can be adjusted and communicated to different stakeholder groups thus enabling a common awareness and understanding of perspectives, problems, challenges and opportunities related to forests, in the context of other sectors and broader development goals.

A stakeholders’ analysis will often help clarify the perspectives of the stakeholders on their roles and responsibilities.

Analysis is an integral part of the evolving process of taking stock of lessons learned and new information available. Hence, it is (as are the other three phases) a continuous component of the NFP process.


last updated:  Tuesday, August 7, 2012