Forest data for climate action: the importance of legal and institutional frameworks

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Forests, and forest monitoring in particular, are critical to ensuring that countries stay on target with emission reduction goals within the framework of the Paris Agreement. A robust National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) can support the formulation, monitoring and adjustment of sub- and national forest-related policies, inform citizens and stakeholders and help track progress towards sustainable forest management and reducing emissions related to forest loss. The institutionalisation of NFMS is a crucial next step necessary to enhance country ownership and pave the way for more streamlined, sustainable and transparent use of forest data. The FAO elearning Academy webinar “Forest data for climate action: the importance of legal and institutional frameworks” will highlight how a legal basis, financial commitment and a permanent institutional framework are vital to ensuring efficient implementation and operation of an NFMS.

This international technical webinar is part of the series organized by the FAO elearning Academy, Agreenium (l’alliance de la formation et la recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation, l'environnement et la santé globale) and UN-ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific). These webinars are an opportunity for all of us to share experiences and lessons learnt, discuss challenges, and propose innovative solutions and models. They aim to provide a holistic and comprehensive view of current trends in thematic areas related to global challenges, by combining development research and innovation perspectives. 

The main objective of these technical webinars is to give practitioners the opportunity to interact with international experts, United Nations officers, University professors, researchers and fellow participants, throughout the world. Webinars can be attended as interactive online sessions on Zoom, where sharing perspectives and asking questions to experts is encouraged. These sessions are also recorded and therefore available at any time, through the FAO elearning Academy:


  • Clarify why legal and institutional arrangements are paramount to implement robust and sustainable National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS);
  • Launch of the FAO paper on “Institutionalisation of forest data: Establishing legal frameworks for sustainable forest monitoring in REDD+ countries”;
  • Share experiences and lessons learned from Colombia and Uganda for the institutionalization of forest data and enhancement of NFMS.


This event is relevant to a broad set of stakeholders, including governments, donors, universities and research institutions, private sector, international organizations as well non-governmental organizations, interested in learn how legal frameworks can support the institutionalisation of sustainable national forest monitoring systems.


This technical webinar will be delivered by Ms. Rocío Cóndor-Golec (FAO), Mr. Julian Fox (FAO), Ms. Francesca Felicani Robles (FAO), Mr. Bob Kazungu (Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda), Mr. Hector Gonzalez Rubio (Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies of Colombia - IDEAM), and moderated by Ms. Emily Donegan (FAO) and Ms. Cristina Petracchi, Leader of the FAO elearning Academy.


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