Expert Meeting Kicks off Collaborative Process on Forest Governance Data Collection
Earlier this month, the UN-REDD Programme contributed to groundbreaking international discussions on the need for guidance in forest governance data collection.
International and national experts met in Rome on 6-7 June, 2012 to share their experiences of collecting forest governance data in more than 10 developing countries. The expert meeting identified and discussed common issues faced when conducting forest governance assessments, such as defining the scope of governance assessments and prioritizing indicators, estimating costs and ensuring adequate capacity, balancing robustness and practicality in measurement and dealing with data gaps or unavailability. In addition, understanding the political economy context of an assessment and identifying specific objectives emerged as important first steps in the design of effective approaches to data collection.
During the expert meeting, the UN-REDD Programme provided an overview of the progress being made in Indonesia's Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) for REDD+. The World Resources Institute and the Instituto Centro de Vida of Brazil discussed their forest governance assessments in two states of Brazil, and the World Bank presented a recent assessment performed in Russia. Participants from several other initiatives, including the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Support Programme for African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP-FLEGT Programme) also shared their experiences and the forest governance results from a recent household survey done in Tanzania were presented.
The expert group saw the need for new guidance to assist practitioners undertaking forest governance assessments. They agreed that this guidance should be relevant to a range of different users, cover all major stages of an assessment, include case studies and be a resource that points to other guidance as well as giving new information. Moving forward, participants requested that FAO and the World Bank, with support from the UN-REDD and ACP-FLEGT Programmes, facilitate a collaborative process for the development of guidance on forest governance data collection.
The agenda and the list of participants of the expert working meeting on forest governance data collection, as well as the presentations, can be found here. The report of the meeting will be available on the UN-REDD Programme's website in the coming month.