National Forest Monitoring

The platform

The FERM supports the development of resource-efficient and fit-for-purpose monitoring that generates quality data and information and supports domestic restoration needs and other reporting processes with strong ownership by governments, relevant national entities, sub-national entities, NGOs, the private sector and civil society organizations.

It enables knowledge and technology transfer, as well helps to build the capacity of people, communities, and countries to monitor and report their own restoration progress, supporting the creation of information by those who are undertaking restoration efforts. Locally relevant information builds ownership and trust in restoration actions, enables participatory monitoring, and improves the quality of reported information on restoration progress, which can support effective and adaptative restoration actions in a changing climate.

The FERM provides access to basic and advanced applications for monitoring ecosystem restoration for managers, practitioners, researchers, and other actors, improving their ability to use innovative tools and applications and share unique project information.

FERM Registry 

The FERM registry provides a step-by-step user interface to navigate and populate the FERM platform. The steps are the following:

  1. Register
  2. Define the area of interest.
  3. Access default characteristics for the administrative area where the activities are located.
  4. Define restoration activities.
  5. Select indicators
  6. Access advanced information for the characterisation by indicators
  7. Provide additional information
  8. Obtain the results

The monitoring function of the FERM platform is based on internationally recognised standards such as ISO (19115/ 19139) and IATI. Indicators were extracted from various international, regional and national frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Bonn Challenge Barometer, the Land Degradation Neutrality Targets, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Convention on Wetlands, the Regional Seas Convention and Action Plans and many others.

Various international, regional, national and local datasets were identified and integrated into the platform through the Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform in order to provide advanced information by indicators. It aims to provide a flexible and adaptative approach for any user to track ecosystem restoration monitoring.

In parallel, the monitoring function of the FERM platform, provides access to modules and advanced analysis tools, the SEPAL platform, for users to generate specific data, to be used to monitor their activities. SEPAL modules for FERM have been developed, in priority, but not only, to monitor SDG indicators related to ecosystem restoration (e.g. SDG 15.3.1).

Through the monitoring function of the FERM platform, users have access to advanced statistical information for the biophysical and socio-economic dimensions where the activities are located. Users can download the requested information and update regularly their project information and track progress while contributing the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration overall.


The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is underpinned by a strong and transparent partnership structure, built around clear roles and responsibilities.  

Lead Agencies:

For a full list of UN Decade partners and collaborating agencies visit: