Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Forest Policy

This module sets out the key elements of public forest policies. It explores how forest managers can assist in developing consensus-based forest policies that balance the interests, priorities and needs related to the conservation and use of forests and the benefits derived from them, and it addresses questions such as: “What is a forest policy?” “Why should countries have a policy on forests?” and “What makes a good forest policy?” The module also examines various forms of forest policies and sets out the steps involved in policy development. 

This module was developed with the kind collaboration of the following people and/or institutions:

Initiator(s): Giulia Muir - FAO, Forestry Department

Contributor(s): Irina Buttoud - FAO, Forestry Department

Reviewer(s): Ronnie de Camino - CATIE; Manuel Guariguata - CIFOR; Hans Vellema - Tropenbos International; Lukas Giessen - Chair Group of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, University Goettingen, IUFRO Working Party

This module was revised in 2018 to strengthen gender considerations.

Initiator(s): Gender Team in Forestry

Reviewer(s): Giulia Muir - FAO, Forestry Department