FAO, PROFOR Release Publication on Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance

30 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank's Program on Forests (PROFOR) have released a publication titled "Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance." By drawing on several approaches currently in use in major forest governance-related processes and initiatives, the framework aims to assist countries in responding to critical issues in forest governance in ways that can be tracked over time. 

The framework was created out of two meetings of a group of experts who provided technical inputs. The publication provides a framework for describing, diagnosing, monitoring, assessing and reporting on the state of governance in the forest sector of a country, using a globally relevant list of indicators.

The framework is intended to be used by governmental and non-governmental actors involved in forest governance. The publication describes the design, structure and elements of the framework, as well as its subcomponents, including: policy, legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks; planning and decision-making processes; and implementation, enforcement and compliance. It also describes how to use the framework, and illustrates how to formulate and score indicators for the subcomponents. [Publication: Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance]