Topic outline

This course describes the planning and preparation phase of a national forest inventory (NFI).


This course is primarily intended for people who are involved in NFIs but can be taken by anyone with an interest in the subject. Specifically, this course targets:

  • Forestry technicians
  • National forest monitoring teams
  • Foresters and forestry students
  • Youth and new generations of foresters

  • What constitutes an enabling environment for NFIs.
  • The principles of forest monitoring.
  • Cost considerations of an NFI.
  • Information needs assessments and Capacity assessments.
  • Management structure and workflow of an NFI/NFMS.

The course consists of 4 lessons, of approximately 20 mins duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Ensuring an enabling environment
  • Lesson 2 - NFI design principles
  • Lesson 3 - Assessing information and capacity needs
  • Lesson 4 - NFI workflow

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This series offers certification. You will get your digital badge upon passing a final exam, that comprises questions based on the content of all eight courses of the series, with a score of at least 75%. Please click on the button below to start the exam, or refer to our Certification section to learn more.

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