Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance
PROFOR and FAO, 2011

This new guidance framework aims to help countries assess the governance of their forest resources. It provides them with a comprehensive checklist they can use to identify and address problems in governance of forest resources. It can also be used to help ensure that efforts to reduce emissions from forests in developing countries are properly managed. It looks at three key components or “pillars” of forest governance: policy, legal, institution and regulatory frameworks; planning and decision-making processes and implementation, enforcement, and compliance. In addition, it grades performance in six areas: accountability; effectiveness; efficiency; fairness; participation; and transparency. The list of subcomponents under the first pillar includes, among others, the extent to which the legal framework recognizes customary and traditional rights of indigenous peoples, local communities and traditional forest users, and consistency between formal and informal rights to forest resources. The second pillar addresses the extent to which government engages with, creates space for and supports the participation of civil society, indigenous peoples and forest-dependent communities in forest-related processes and decision-making. Download the document [pdf] …