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. 

Arnold. F.E, van der Werf, N. & Rametsteiner, E. 2014. Strengthening evidence-based forest policy-making: linking forest monitoring with national forest programmes. Rome, FAO.

FAO. 2013. Implementing the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

FAO. 2006. National forest programmesUnasylva No. 225

McDermott, C.L., O’Carroll, A & Wood, P. 2007. International forest policy – the instruments, agreements and processes that shape it

Web links FAO Forest Policy website. Last accessed 23.07.2015 FAO National Forest Programme. Facility (NFP) Last accessed 23.07.2015 EU FAO FLEGT Programme. Last accessed 23.07.2015