National Forest Monitoring

Enhancing knowledge and skills on National Forest Inventories in West Africa


The collaborative initiative "Global Transformation of Forests for People and Climate: Focus on West Africa" seeks to enhance the accuracy of forest-based estimations to facilitate reporting and decision-making processes in the region. A recent training workshop held in Conakry, Guinea, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) Guinea office and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), brought together trainers from FAO’s National Forest Monitoring team and professionals from eight nations to enrich their knowledge and refine their techniques in forest inventory practices.

The workshop focused on the complexities of National Forest Inventories (NFIs)—a critical undertaking for environmental conservation and management. Over five days, 28 participants from 8 countries – Guinea, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinee Bissau, Mali, Senegal, and Togo, immersed themselves in advanced inventory methods.