Establishing and running a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) is a complex task for governments. These systems serve to better inform forest-related decisions, thereby supporting the sustainable development of forests at national level. Their formulation requires a long-term vision and interdisciplinary collaboration, which is both a demanding and an exciting endeavour. These guidelines support this process by placing NFMS in the broader context of national forest-related decision processes and addressing a number of relevant strategic, operational and technical points. This publication includes good practice principles and incorporates a set of decision-support tools for planning and implementing a multipurpose NFMS, grounded in nationally appropriate and scientifically sound practices.
Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO provides a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. The Organization publishes authoritative publications on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and nutrition.