National Forest Programme
Support to the reporting to the UNFF on the Forest Instrument (NLBI)
Most countries are already making efforts to implement at least some of the policy measures adopted in the Forest Instrument, mostly in the context of their NFPs. However, the fact that many countries do not have sufficient knowledge of the Forest Instrument has meant a lack of systematic assessments of where countries stand in relation to its implementation and the achievement of SFM. Therefore, awareness raising on the usefulness of the Forest Instrument is crucial for supporting progress towards sustainable management of countries’ forest resources.
To respond to this need for capacity development, FAO, with financial support from the Government of Japan, has initiated a project to strengthen and support the capacity of developing countries in reporting to the UNFF on progress made in the implementation of the Forest Instrument. The project seeks the following outcomes:
- increased awareness and understanding by developing countries of the purpose and objectives of the Forest Instrument, its usefulness, and of approaches to implementation, monitoring and reporting to the UNFF;
- increased number of developing countries that have taken steps to monitor the implementation of the Forest Instrument and submit national reports on progress to the UNFF.
Activities under the project include:
- the development of a capacity-building module on the Forest Instrument, based on the experiences of the four pilot countries implementing the Forest Instrument (Ghana, Liberia, Nicaragua, the Philippines);
- the joint organization with UNFF of regional capacity-building workshops to enhance understanding of the Forest Instrument and encourage reporting;
- collaboration with the UNFF Secretariat in the development of a simplified format for reporting on implementation progress to the UNFF;
- technical and financial support to selected countries demonstrating interest in and commitment to the Forest Instrument on awareness raising, implementation and reporting.
Five regional workshops (Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East) were organized using the module developed between September 2011 and April 2012, and 90 experts from 60 countries participated in the workshops. Twenty-two countries which participated in the regional workshops reported to UNFF 10.
From late 2012, technical and financial support is being given to a limited number of countries which are demonstrating interest and commitment to the Forest Instrument to support further awareness raising, implementation, and reporting, including China, India, Nigeria and Zambia.
The existing guide to monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the Forest Instrument will be improved and updated as necessary, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the pilot countries.