Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Criteria & Indicators: A Tool for Enhancing Sustainable Forest Management, from Policy to Practice

This module is addressed to all those interested in sustainability in the forest sector. It defines criteria and indicators (C&I), sets out their main uses, gives examples of existing C&I, and provides links to tools and case studies to help users in understanding and maximizing the potential of this instrument for SFM. 

The ultimate goal of the NFP is to establish a policy framework and strategy for sustainable management of the country’s valuable forest resources. This document, with detailed action plans and means of implementation based on participatory approach, clearly identifies the forestry approaches and activities that need to be aggressively undertaken in...
In this report, the project team guides us through the various development phases and uses of this important tool starting from the general conceptual base and finishing with an analysis of the panEuropean experiences accumulated in the last 10 years and further back. We are confident that the project results will provide...
In 2011 ITTO commissioned a wide-ranging study of the role of C&I. Specifically, the study was intended to provide information on the experiences of countries worldwide in using C&I, identify trends and developments, and look at ways to increase the impact of ITTO’s C&I in the field. The study included...
As of 2013, however, the Congo basin had the largest area of certified natural tropical forest in the world, with about 5.3 million ha. This is still a relatively small proportion (ca. 7–13%) of all FMUs in the region. We believe it is time, before certification expands further, to assess...
The project Strengthening criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in policy and practice was designed to: further develop and harmonise indicators of SFM in particular on socio-economic and governance aspects, and strengthen their use as a tool in planning, decision making and in monitoring and reporting in policy...
The State of Canada's forest plays a key role in reporting progresses towards sustainable forest management. For 25 years the report has demonstrated that Government of Canada knows how valuable forests are to Canadians. From recreational opportunities and social and cultural values, to economic opportunities and ecosystem services that improve the...
There is a need to make comprehensive adjustments for the orientation of the forestry sector development in order to meet the needs of renovation and the trends of international economic integration, thereby creating conditions for the mobilization of more domestic and foreign resources for sectoral development investments. Only with full...