Case Studies on Measuring and Assessing Forest Degradation; Community Measurement of Carbon Stock Change for REDD
Forest Resources Assessment Working Paper 156 Sustainably managed forests have multiple environmental and socio-economic functions whichare important at the global, national and local scales, and they play a vital part in sustainabledevelopment. Reliable and up-to-date information on the state of forest resources - not only onarea and area change, but also on such variables as growing stock, wood and non-woodproducts, carbon, protected areas, use of forests for recreation and other services, biologicaldiversity and forests’ contribution to national economies - is crucial to support decision-makingfor policies and programmes in forestry and sustainable development at all levels. Under the umbrella of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) and togetherwith members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and other partners, FAO hasinitiated a special study to identify the elements of forest degradation and the best practices forassessing them. The objectives of the initiative are to help strengthen the capacity of countriesto assess, monitor and report on forest degradation by: Identifying specific elements and indicators of forest degradation and degraded forests; Classifying elements and harmonizing definitions; Identifying and describing existing and promising assessment methodologies; Developing assessment tools and guidelines. Expected outcomes and benefits of the initiative include: Better understanding of the concept and components of forest degradation; An analysis of definitions of forest degradation and associated terms; Guidelines and effective, cost-efficient tools and techniques to help assess and monitorforest degradation; and Enhanced ability to meet current and future reporting requirements on forest degradation.