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Voluntary guidelines on National Forest Monitoring

Committee on Forestry, 22nd Session

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    Voluntary guidelines on national forest monitoring 2017
    FAO carries out this mandate and seeks to assist countries and the world community by providing relevant, timely, realistic, reliable and useful information for application in reviewing policies, promoting multilateral cooperation and taking appropriate investment actions for the sustainable management of forest resources; and to support international cooperation in harmonizing and sharing multi-country forest resource information in common formats. In this context, the need for voluntary guidel ines on forest monitoring has emerged. It is clear that voluntary guidelines will not solve the lack of information; however it is the key for harmonization and to ensure some degree of reliability of the information. The guidelines aim to present a general framework to compile good practice principles, methodologies and tools for planning and implementing a multi-objective national forest inventory as one of the crucial objectives to allow for collection and provision of timely, comparable and consistent forest related information to help decision makers and inventory experts to establish long-term forest monitoring systems which are grounded in sound practice and defensible scientific rigor taking in consideration the requirements from international reporting requirements (for example for REDD+ or biodiversity).
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    Monitoring the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security: A Civil Society Perspective 2012
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    This study is intended to contribute to the effective implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines by exploring ways of monitoring the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests and providing a civil society perspective on monitoring in the context of the Guidelines. It provides an overview of existing and commonly used monitoring systems and practices in relation with tenure of land, fisheries and forests by civil society organisations and institutions. In order to do so, it will propose a schematic categorization of monitoring in the context of land, fisheries and forests. It will then present some illustrative examples of civil society monitoring initiatives and identify some characteristics of monitoring carried out by CSOs. Based on this, it will provide some recommendations for monitoring in the context of the Voluntary Guidelines. This particularly refers to issues that should be monitored and the way in which this monitoring should be carried out.

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