National Forest Programme
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.