Forest data for climate action: the importance of legal and institutional frameworks

17 March 2021 - 17 March 2021

 Date: 17 March 2021

Time: 14:30 - 16:00 CET

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Forests, and forest monitoring in particular, are critical to ensuring that countries stay on target with emission reduction goals within the framework of the Paris Agreement. A robust National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) can support the formulation, monitoring and adjustment of sub- and national forest-related policies, inform citizens and stakeholders and help track progress towards sustainable forest management and reducing emissions related to forest loss. The institutionalisation of NFMS is a crucial next step necessary to enhance country ownership and pave the way for more streamlined, sustainable and transparent use of forest data. The FAO elearning Academy webinar “Forest data for climate action: the importance of legal and institutional frameworks” will highlight how a legal basis, financial commitment and a permanent institutional framework are vital to ensuring efficient implementation and operation of an NFMS.


• Clarify why legal and institutional arrangements are paramount to implement robust and sustainable National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS);
• Launch of the FAO paper on “Institutionalisation of forest data: Establishing legal frameworks for sustainable forest monitoring in REDD+ countries”;
• Share experiences and lessons learned from Colombia and Uganda for the institutionalization of forest data and enhancement of NFMS.


This technical webinar will be delivered by Ms Rocío Cóndor-Golec (FAO), Mr Julian Fox (FAO), Ms Francesca Felicani Robles (FAO), Mr Bob Kazungu (Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda), Mr Hector Gonzalez Rubio (Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies of Colombia - IDEAM), and moderated by Ms Emily Donegan (FAO) and Ms Cristina Petracchi, Leader of the FAO elearning Academy.