Criteria & Indicators regional workshop in Asia

Manila, Philippines 28-30 April 2015

This workshop was a key part of the 'Strengthening Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management and their use in forest policy and practice'' project, coordinated by FAO and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The project included national, regional and global consultations involving governmental and non-governmental bodies and other stakeholders. It reviewed the use of criteria and indicators (C&I) and examine the needs of stakeholders at local, national, regional and global levels and opportunities to strengthen their use, learning from good examples and lessons learned. The project also aims to strengthen and further harmonize C&I sets, particularly on socio-economic and governance indicators in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment and reporting to other forest and forest-related policy processes at global and regional levels.

 

Goals of the C&I regional workshop


The overall goals of the workshop was to bring together current and potential C&I users to develop a mutual understanding on the best way forward to further develop and use C&I for SFM as a tool for: 

  1. Policy dialogue/communication, planning and implementation of regional forest policy programmes and strategies
  2. Monitoring, assessment and reporting on progress towards SFM and on cross-sectoral sustainability aspects, including related to FLEGT, REDD+, sustainable land management
  3. Supporting sustainable forest practices (forest management practice at landscape, community and management unit level, forest investment) and further developing tools to demonstrate sustainability, including forest certification

Expected outputs

  • Increased understanding of the major uses of C&I in Asia at regional, national and forest management unit level (Objective 1: current status of implementation)
  • Identification of common opportunities and challenges in using C&I, experiences, good practices and lessons learned (Objective 2: experiences and lessons learned)
  • Proposed recommendations for strategies/mechanisms to further develop and strengthen the use of C&I in forest policy and practice, with respect to demonstrating the added value of using sustainability forest indicators for different uses, the further development and adaptation of indicators and tools, further promoting collaboration and coordination in monitoring and reporting (incl. harmonization and streamlining reporting), and for mobilization of resources and capacities for using forest sustainability indicators in practice.
  • A background report, case studies, and a workshop report.

The workshops´ outputs and their recommendations will provide added value to institutions promoting sustainable forest management in Asia. They had also provided input to the Global Forest Indicators Forum at the XIV World Forestry Congress 2015 in Durban, South Africa, and UNFF-11 in May 2015.

Workshop organization

The regional workshop was co-organized by the host government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Forest Management Bureau (DENR/FMB), Philippines and FAO, supported by ITTO, EFI EU FLEGT Facility and EU-FAO FLEGT Programme.

 

last updated:  Friday, February 3, 2017