Boosting transparency of forest data

Sharing knowledge to empower women and youth on forest climate transparency


Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest) – the initiative from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – aimed to help countries meet their Paris Agreement goals and pledges by promoting the use of robust and transparent forest data.

Funded by GEF, CBIT-Forest is characterized by three main goals – boost institutional capacity, strengthen technical capacity and increase knowledge sharing. From its launch at the end of 2019 to its completion in June 2022, the project has reached almost 10,000 people (61% men; 39% women) through its activities, including webinars, virtual trainings and knowledge sharing materials.

The project had a high level of attention to gender issues, from design to engagement and reporting, including measures to enhance the understanding of the importance of a gender-sensitive approach to forest monitoring among forestry and environmental practitioners, and provided capacity development opportunities and equal access to and participation for women and youth.

Knowledge sharing and awareness raising on transparency in 2022

In 2022, CBIT-Forest shared knowledge and raised awareness through: 

Other sessions where CBIT-Forest participated were:

The need for addressing inclusiveness when working with data was highlighted in both webinars.

Transparency achievements shared during COFO26

The Twenty-sixth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO26), was held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy from 3–7 October. Contributions were shared through the following documents:

Transparency at COP27

At the Twenty-seventh Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27), hosted by Egypt in November 2022, the “Together4Transparency” initiative was organized to exchange views on the meaning and benefits of transparency, consisting of two weeks of events with high-level attendance. This initiative united all stakeholders involved in supporting the transition from the existing reporting and review arrangements under the Convention to the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) of the Paris Agreement. Let’s work “#Together4Transparency”!

On the 4th Capacity-building Hub’s Implementing Articles 6 & 13 Day at COP27, hosted by the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB), countries and international agencies brought their experience to enhance capacities to implement the Paris Agreement. FAO led the event, “Transparency in agriculture and land use: learning from countries”, highlighting the importance of strengthening national capacity to comply with Article 13 of the Paris Agreement.

Knowledge products open to all

FAO’s Climate Change Knowledge Hub (CC-Hub), a permanent repository of data and materials that will be available even after the completion of the project, gathers existing knowledge and resources on climate change in the agriculture and land use sectors.

CBIT-Forest has made all knowledge products in CC-Hub under the topic, “Enhanced Transparency Framework”, available for free to the public.

The e-learning course, “Sharing the experience of the multilingual MOOC on Forests and Transparency under the Paris Agreement”, which covers the importance of forest-related data collection, analysis and dissemination in meeting the ETF requirements, is available in three languages (English, Spanish, French) in the FAO elearning Academy.

Transparency is crosscutting

CBIT-Forest has contributed transparency-related information to the following FAO publications:

FAO will continue working towards transparent open data in 2023, aiming to further support the implementation of the Paris Agreement.


Related links

Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest)

Towards open and transparent forest data for climate action: Experiences and lessons learned (English, French and Spanish).

CC-Hub “Enhanced Transparency Framework