The importance of forestry related data and information at the national level is increasingly critical to decision making, sustainable forest management; reducing GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD); land use planning policies and national socio-economic development. FAO's National Forest Monitoring and Assessment (NFMA) Programme was established in 2000 in recognition that developing countries lacked institutionalised systems of national forest inventory and monitoring and currently works in 50 countries.
LTS undertook an evaluation in accordance with OECD criteria and assessed the utility and impact of the programme and, based on lessons learned, identified obstacles and opportunities for the future and made recommendations on how the NFMA Programme should develop for maximising its effects and adapting to new and evolving needs at national and international levels such as IPCC requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) under REDD regimes. The programme involved country evaluations of Cameroon, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Philippines and Zambia.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Climate Change, REDD+, M&E
Cameroon, Guatemala, Italy, Nicaragua, Philippines, Zambia
FAO, forests, REDD, MRV, M&E, monitoring, evaluation