Policy development is an iterative and cyclic process. It schematically comprises a definition of policy priorities and formulation of a long-term vision for a sector development → definition of implementation mechanisms (programs, action plans, institutional and financial mechanisms), → policy implementation → monitoring of policy implementation → policy review → adjustment of policy priorities and reformulation of policies → definition/adjustment of implementation mechanisms etc.
As it is an iterative process and countries seldom formulate policy from scratch. A policy development process can therefore be initiated anywhere in the cycle.
At all stages policy development needs to be supported by relevant information and data, institutional capacities, and implementation mechanisms adapted to the requirements of each stage.
Forest policies data base
Relevant information and data is crucial for a successful policy development process. An important part of this is existing policies in place, both in the country in question, but also in other countries with potentially similar issues.
The forest policies data base is intended to facilitate the consultation of forest related policy documents across the world. It will facilitate monitoring of policy development stages in the countries and it will also provide an opportunity for analyzing policy frameworks and their relevance for various aspects of sustainable forest management.