Support to pilot implementation of the Forest Instrument (NLBI)

FAO, in cooperation with the Government of Germany and the NFP Facility, has supported the pilot implementation of the Forest Instrument in four countries. The first pilot, initiated in Ghana in 2008, developed an approach that has proven successful and has been applied, with local adaptations, in three new pilot countries: Liberia, Nicaragua and the Philippines.

Expected outcomes of the project in the three countries include: 

  • increased awareness of stakeholders of i) the Forest Instrument, ii) the subsequent national-level policies and measures that countries should implement, and iii) the need to take these into consideration in national policies related to forests;
  • assessment of national policies and measures against those outlined in the Forest Instrument (as part of the NFP process), identification of the major gaps, determination of the relevant national goals, and identification of the priority policy measures to be undertaken; 
  • strenghtened capacity of relevant institutions and initiation of the implementation of priority measures in coordination with other ongoing forest policy processes (e.g. REDD+, FLEGT);
  • establishing processes for monitoring the progress and sharing the lessons learned in the implementation of the Forest Instrument.

@FAO/Jhony Zapata Andia

In 2011, Liberia, Nicaragua and the Philippines produced awareness raising materials on the Forest Instrument, which were widely distributed to forestry-related stakeholders. The three countries applied the methodology developed in Ghana to assess their situations, vis-à-vis the 25 national policies and measures of the Forest Instrument, and to identify priority areas for action. They used the stakeholder fora established as part of the NFP process for this purpose.

More information on the progress in Ghana, Liberia, Nicaragua and the Philippines can be found by clicking the titles below.



A mapping exercise of the ongoing forestry-related initiatives, which includes grouping them under the priority policies and measures of the Forest Instrument, was initiated in 2011 and will be completed in early 2012.

Fifteen sub-national workshops, one in each county, were organized and delivered to increase awareness of the Forest Instrument and to strengthen the Country Forest Fora and the NFP. The Forestry Development Authority, together with FAO and the NFP Facility, organized a national stakeholder workshop in October 2011 to introduce the purpose and the policies and measures of the Forest Instrument. More than 80 participants attended the meeting.

During the workshop, participants determined where Liberia stands in relation to the implementation of the Instrument’s policies and measures, and identified the policies and measures not currently adequately addressed. Through a prioritization process, and taking into account the outcomes of the county workshops, participants agreed on five policies and measures that Liberia needs to pay more attention to when implementing the NLBI. Finally, they developed an action plan for their implementation. The list of priority activities and responsible stakeholders will be further streamlined through stakeholder consultations in 2012.

@FAO/Jhony Zapata Andia

In 2011, a video and an information brochure on the implementation of the NLBI was elaborated and distributed to stakeholders. Additionally, a set of documents on the forestry legislation in Liberia was distributed to enhance understanding of the legal framework that guides forestry activities. Also, the development of a monitoring system for NLBI implementation in Liberia was initiated.



last updated:  Tuesday, May 21, 2013