9.01.05 - Research and development of indicators for sustainable forest management



New publications on C&I for SFM

Experts from the IUFRO WP 9.01.05 on research and development of indicators for SFM have jointly elaborated several publications on various C&I processes and related monitoring, reporting and assessment activities:

Developing a set of indicators to identify, monitor, and track impacts and change in forests of the United States. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-021-02993-6

Legal, Institutional, and Economic Indicators of Forest Conservation and Sustainable Management in the United States: Analyzing Criterion 7 of the Montréal Process Criteria and Indicators Framework. Available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/61113

The Contribution of Sustainable Development Goals and Forest-Related Indicators to National Bioeconomy Progress Monitoring. DOI:10.3390/su12072898

Criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management: lessons learned in the Southern Cone DOI: 10.1505/146554819827293196

Indikatoren für nachhaltige Waldbewirtschaftung 2020/ Austrian Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management 2020.DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.32255.02728

Japan MP C&I country report - Japanese and English. Available at: https://www.montrealprocess.org/Resources/Country_Reports/index.shtml

25 Years of Criteria and Indicators for SFM: Why some intergovernmental C&I Processes flourished while others faded

25 Years of Criteria and Indicators for SFM: How intergovernmental C&I Processes have made a difference

IUFRO Spotlight #62https://www.iufro.org/publications/iufro-spotlights/article/2018/11/14/iufro-spotlight-62-how-and-why-criteria-and-indicators-have-changed-forest-management-since-the-r/

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Stefanie Linser, Austria


Mostafa Jafari, Iran

Tim Payn, New Zealand

Working Party Members

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About Unit

The Working Party will specifically focus on analyzing the development of indicators and indicator sets as well as studying changing requirements for indicators for sustainable forest management. In addition, the Working Party aims at analyzing methodologies for developing and reviewing indicators and indicator sets as well as reviewing scientific options and making policy relevant recommendations for the further advancement of existing C&I for SFM processes, such as FOREST EUROPE, the Montreal Process, the Tehran Process for Low Forest Cover Countries etc. and through its research support related international efforts, such as those by UNFF, FAO, UNECE, EU, Eurostat and EEA.

State of Knowledge

In the light of major global problems and/or emerging challenges for sustainable forest management such as climate change, the provision of renewable energy, the loss of species and biodiversity, the further dispersal of invasive species that threaten several national ecosystems, the identification of criteria and indicators to generate knowledge about the status quo and measure changes becomes more and more important. Currently, a number of countries, international organizations and forest related processes plan to develop and/or revise indicators as well as review their indicator sets. In this respect activities for example in France, Austria, and Sweden etc. but also in the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the Forest Europe process and the European Union at large can be mentioned.

Research on indicator development has advanced well, but so far no research group that continuously meets and systematically works together on advancing science existed. Consequently, this newly established Working Party involves both natural and social scientists as indicators are developed on the boundaries between natural and social science and are therefore cross-disciplinary objects.

As such, the Working Party is expected to not only contribute to the themes of the IUFRO Strategy 2015-2019, but for the first time also aims at successfully engaging a group of interested researchers to coordinate their indicator related research efforts.

Activities and events Unit 9.01.05

Upcoming 2 events

Building data foundations for sustainable forest management: integration, collaboration and experience in reporting at global and regional scales to show progress towards green, healthy and resilient forest. Side event at the World Forestry Congress 2022Seoul, South Korea
Criteria and Indicators to strengthen sustainable forest management in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Side event at the World Forestry Congress 2022Seoul, South Korea

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