Strengthening forest monitoring in the Caucasus and Central Asia was implemented through the capacity-building project "Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management", which was funded by the United Nations Development Account (UNDA), under the 10th tranche. The timeframe of the project was initially 2016-2019 but has been extended with additional resources until September 2020.
The objective of this project was to strengthen the national capacity of five target countries (Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) to develop national criteria and indicators (C&I) and reporting, or accountability systems, for sustainable forest management (SFM).
The project enabled the target countries to actively participate in international processes related to forests, and contribute to the sustainable development of the sector towards a green economy. National criteria and indicators for SFM will serve as a tool to communicate the relevance of forests as they relate to the environment as well as a socio-economic situation at national, regional and international levels.
National Focal PointsTo see the list of the project focal points in each country, please click here.
The key recipients were forest-related ministries, national forest agencies, research institutes, and NGOs. The project was carried out with key partners including other international organizations or initiatives already operating in the countries (e.g. FAO, German development cooperation GIZ, United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, Global Environment Facility GEF). The implementation of the project has been led by experts from the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.
The main results of the project are presented in a study on forest reporting and sustainable forest management (SFM) in Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The publication was developed by the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section in cooperation with international experts. In addition to the general overview of forest reporting, the study introduces national sets of criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management developed by the five project countries. Furthermore, the study shares best practices in developing and using C&I for SFM.
National sets of criteria and indicators for Sustainable Forest Management (as of 9.12.2020)
- Criteria and indicators - an universal policy tool for Sustainable Forest Management
- National Forest Inventory - tool for decision making
- Information Systems - tool for better forest policy and management
- Criteria and indicator-based international Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting
- Criteria and indicators for forest-related communication
Most of the countries in the target region struggle with the degradation of the limited natural resources due to extensive grazing, illegal logging and deforestation. These countries did not have the capacity to regularly monitor the status of forests. In addition, they were not able to monitor and assess the socio-economic aspects of forests. Due to these limitations, the importance of the forest sector was continuously neglected in policy development.
With the exception of Georgia, the target countries were not part of any international processes on criteria and indicators for SFM. Therefore, they could not benefit directly from the knowledge and tools developed by these processes. The project supported evidence-based policymaking by providing knowledge, capacity-building, training materials and advisory services for defining the scope and relevance of information needed for implementing SFM at the national level. The project supported beneficiary countries in developing national criteria and indicators for SFM, in identifying key indicators and setting threshold values for monitoring. The criteria and indicators can be used for monitoring the status and trends in the forest sector, and eventually monitoring the progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The table below provides an overview of useful material and information about Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in English and Russian. This material can be used as a source of information and inspiration to develop national Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management. The table is not exhaustive. If you are aware of relevant material that is not yet listed kindly inform the project manager.
|The System for the Evaluation of the Management
of Forests (SEMAFOR) Система оценки управления лесами (СЕМАФОР)
|Sustainable Forest Management definition
Определение устойчивого лесопользования
|Criteria and Indicator definitions
Определение критериев и показателей
|FAO Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring
|CIFOR Guidelines for Developing, Testing and Selecting Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management
Руководство по разработке, тестированию и выбору критериев и индикаторов для устойчивого лесопользования
|Examples for C&I
|Criteria and Indicators for SFM in Austria
Критерии и индикаторы для УУЛ в Австрии
|Criteria and Indicators for Low Forest Cover Countries
Критерии и индикаторы для слаболесистых стран
|Forest Europe Process
Процесс Леса Европы
|Pan-European Indicators for SFM
Общеевропейские индикаторы для УУЛ
|State of Europe’s Forests report
Отчет о состоянии лесов Европы
More information here
Дополнительная информация здесь
|Relevant Terms and Definitions for Pan-European Indicators
Соответствующие термины и определения для Общеевропейских индикаторов
|Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators
Критерии и индикаторы для Монреальского процесса
|Montreal process: criteria and indicators for conservation and SFM of the temperate and boreal zones 2008
Монреальский процесс: критерии и индикаторы сохранения и УУЛ умеренной и бореальной зон 2008
|Forests in the ECE region 2015
Леса региона ЕЭК 2015
|Global Forest Resource Assessment, Synthesis Document
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, обобщающий документ
More information here
Дополнительная информация здесь
|Global Forest Resource Assessment, Summary tables for quantitative variables
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, Сводные таблицы для количественных переменных
|Global Forest Resource Assessment, Terms and Definitions
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, Термины и определения
|Global Forest Resource Assessment, Questionnaire
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, Вопросник
The below table provides a selection of news and articles in relation to this project. If you have published a related article or are aware of media reaction which is not listed here, kindly contact the project manager.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section