Harmonizing definitions

Harmonizing forest-related definitions is one initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). The most recent work to place 2002 and onwards.

FAO facilitated three meetings of this process:

Expert meeting on harmonizing forest-related definitions for use by various stakeholders
FAO
22 January 2002 - 25 January 2002
Italy, Rome, FAO HQ
Languages: English
Miscellaneous documents:
Second Expert Meeting on Harmonizing Forest-related Definitions for Use by Various Stakeholders
FAO; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); CIFOR
11 September 2002 - 13 September 2002
Italy, Rome, FAO HQs, Green Room
Languages: English
Contact: Olman Serrano
Third Expert Meeting on Harmonizing Forest-related Definitions for Use by Various Stakeholders
FAO (FO)
17 January 2005 - 19 January 2005
Italy, Rome, Philippines Room
Languages: English

There was general, although not unanimous, agreement on the working definitions of natural forest, planted forest, and forest plantation, which is a subset of planted forest. The meeting also reached general agreement on a working definition of forest management. It was recognized, however, that the concept of managed/unmanaged forests adopted in the climate change regime is broader than the one traditionally used in the forestry community.

In addition to discussing the above core terms, several groups addressed multi-lingual aspects of forest-related definitions, identified typical problems, and stressed the need for continued work. One group discussed the term trees outside forests and proposed further efforts for harmonization, including the agriculture and other relevant sectors.
last updated:  Wednesday, July 24, 2013