Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia

United Nations Development Account (UNDA) project 2016-2019

Project

Armenia. Photograph: Theresa Loeffler, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.

This capacity building project has been accepted for funding by the United Nations Development Account (UNDA), under the 10th tranche. The timeframe of the project is 2016-2019.

The objective of this project is 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 is expected to enable the target countries 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 socioeconomic situation at national, regional and international levels.

Upcoming meetings

DateCountryTypeLink
2 - 4 August 2017UzbekistanNational Coaching Workshop Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management for Uzbekistan
13 - 15 September 2017ArmeniaNational Coaching Workshop Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management for Armenia
15 - 17 November 2017GeorgiaNational Coaching Workshop Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management for Georgia

 

National Focal Points

To see the list of the project focal points in each country, please click here.

Target groups

The key recipients are forest related ministries, national forest agencies, research institutes, and NGOs. The project will be 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 will be led by experts from the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.

Background

Armenia. Photograph: Theresa Loeffler, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.

Most of the countries in the target region struggle with degradation of the limited natural resources due to extensive grazing, illegal logging and deforestation. These countries do not have the capacity to regularly monitor the status of forests. In addition, they are not able to monitor and assess of the socio-economic aspects of forests. Due to these limitations the importance of the forest sector is continuously neglected in policy development.

With the exception of Georgia, the target countries are not part of any international processes on criteria and indicators for SFM. Therefore, they cannot benefit directly from the knowledge and tools developed by these processes. The project will support evidence-based policy making by providing knowledge, capacity-building, training materials and advisory services for defining the scope and relevance of information needed for implementing SFM at national level. The project will support 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).

Training and Information Material

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.

                                                                                      Topic/
Тема
Language/
Язык
Document/
Документ
General information
Общая информация
ECE/FAO Guidelines for the Development of a Criteria and Indicator Set for Sustainable Forest Management 
Методические Рекомендации по Разработке критериев и показателей ведения лесного хозяйства
ENG- RUSENG pdf
RUS pdf

 

Sustainable Forest Management definition
Определение устойчивого лесопользования
ENG-RUSpdf
Criteria and Indicator definitions
Определение критериев и показателей
ENG-RUSpdf
Useful links
Полезные ссылки
ENG-RUSpdf
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
ENG-RUSpdf
Examples for C&I
Примеры КиИ
Criteria and Indicators for SFM in Austria
Критерии и индикаторы для УЛП в Австрии
ENGpdf
Criteria and Indicators for Low Forest Cover Countries
Критерии и индикаторы для слаболесистых стран
ENGpdf
Forest Europe Process
Процесс Леса Европы
Pan-European Indicators for SFM
Общеевропейские индикаторы для УЛП
ENGpdf
State of Europe’s Forests report
Отчет о состоянии лесов Европы
ENGpdf
Pan-European Questionnaire
Общеевропейский вопросник
More information here
Дополнительная информация здесь
ENG-RUS

ENG Excel

RUS Excel

Relevant Terms and Definitions for Pan-European Indicators
Соответствующие термины и определения для Общеевропейских индикаторов

 

ENG

pdf

pdf

Montreal Process
Монреальский процесс
Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators
Критерии и индикаторы для Монреальского процесса
RUSpdf
Booklet
Брошюра
RUSpdf
Factsheet
Фактологический бюллетень
ENGpdf
Montreal process: criteria and indicators for conservation and SFM of the temperate and boreal zones 2008
Монреальский процесс: критерии и индикаторы сохранения и УЛП умеренной и бореальной зон 2008
RUSpdf
Other publications
Прочие публикации 
Forests in the ECE region 2015
Леса региона ЕЭК 2015
ENG-RUS

ENG pdf

RUS pdf

Global Forest Resource Assessment, Synthesis Document
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, обобщающий документ
More information here
Дополнительная информация здесь
ENG-RUS

ENG pdf

RUS pdf

Global Forest Resource Assessment, Summary tables for quantitative variables
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, Сводные таблицы для количественных переменных
ENG-RUS

ENG pdf

RUS pdf

Global Forest Resource Assessment, Terms and Definitions
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, Термины и определения
ENGENG pdf
Global Forest Resource Assessment, Questionnaire
Глобальная оценка лесных ресурсов, Вопросник
ENGENG pdf

Documents and Results

Outcome EngOutcome RusLink
June 2017 Kazakhstan - National coaching workshopCriteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Kazakhstan
Mar 2017 Kyrgyzstan – National coaching workshopreport Engreport RusCriteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management for Kyrgyzstan
Nov 2016 Armenia - Regional Inception Workshop report Engreport part. RusCriteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia
Project FlyerENGRUS
Read the full project proposal here.

 

Media coverage

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.

UNECE news release Kazakhstan is making considerable steps towards Sustainable Forest Management  12 July 2017
Press release of The Forestry and Wildlife Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Казахстан значительно продвигается в направлении устойчивого управления лесами 23 June  2017
UNECE news release Kyrgyzstan moving closer to monitor and assess progress on sustainable forest management 23 March 2017
IISD Knowledge HUB FAO, UNECE Launch SFM Criteria and Indicators Project in the Caucasus and Central Asia 01 December 2016

 

UNECE news release Caucasian and Central Asian countries join forces for sustainable forestr 21 November 2016

Contact

Ms. Theresa Loeffler
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
Geneva, Switzerland
e-mail