SFM Toolbox

The implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) is an ongoing challenge worldwide, due largely to limited capacity and a lack of enabling conditions. Another hurdle is the inaccessibility (or a lack of awareness) of the considerable body of existing knowledge on, and experiences in, the implementation of SFM. To help overcome this latter problem, FAO is developing the SFM Toolbox.

The SFM Toolbox is a new, comprehensive package of tools, best practices and examples of their application. It will be a valuable resource for a wide range of users, especially public and private forest and land managers, as well as the staff of extension services and civil-society, non-governmental and private-sector organizations with roles in promoting SFM.

The SFM Toolbox has been designed as a user-friendly, interactive web-based platform that can respond to the diverse needs of people interested in putting SFM into practice. It includes:

  • Modules on SFM thematic areas, which draw on the extensive technical knowledge of experts in FAO Forestry and elsewhere. The modules comprise an overview, in-depth information, and links to related tools, case studies and other references.
  • A database of SFM tools and case studies in an easy-to-access format.
  • A discussion forum.

The SFM Toolbox brings together a wide range of guidelines, manuals, knowledge products, case studies and other tools produced by FAO and its partners in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), as well as by other organizations and by member countries. The SFM Toolbox is global in scope, covers all kinds of forests, and is designed to be “scaled up”: increasingly it will include tools that are specific to regions, countries and landscapes.

More on objectives and structure of the SFM Toolbox

Specifically, the SFM Toolbox aims to:
  • increase capacity to effectively implement SFM by facilitating access to practical SFM-related knowledge, tools and experiences;
  • support, guide and inform forest managers and other stakeholders in their progress towards the implementation of SFM in a more integrated and cohesive way;
  • connect the different areas of SFM-related expertise to facilitate integration of SFM in a landscape approach to natural resources management;
  • identify and address knowledge and tool gaps, as well as possible incoherencies and conflicts.

The SFM Toolbox consists of a web-based platform that includes:

Tools are resources that support, guide and/or inform users about the implementation of SFM. They may be manuals, guidelines, codes of practice, technical sourcebooks, audio or video contents, software, capacity development and educational/dissemination material. Existing tools are arranged in an easy-to-access database. When necessary, additional tools can be further suggested and added, in order to continuously build and update a cohesive package to support SFM implementation.

Case studies/real examples are practical cases/examples that present detailed information and illustrate how to address and/or approach SFM in a particular or various context(s).

Modules are covering the different thematic areas relevant to the implementation of SFM (e.g. wood harvesting). Each module provides (i) an overview of the thematic area; (ii) relevant tools (publications, videos, software, e-learning); (iii) relevant case studies and examples and (iv) links to other relevant modules.

Modules selector: selecting specific combination of variables, it is possible to retrieve knowledge modules which are relevant for one’s own area of interest/expertise.

Discussion forum: users will be able to participate in discussions on any topic related to SFM implementation. When registering to access the Forum, they can set their profile with their favorite themes and subscribe a mailing list for updates.

last updated:  Wednesday, June 25, 2014