Topic outline

This course intends to establish a clear path towards a more efficient and effective use of forest data, underscoring the crucial significance of institutionalizing a robust national forest monitoring system (NFMS) within countries. Additionally, it emphasizes transparency, sustainability, and data-sharing as critical pillars for the successful implementation of an NFM strategy.


This course is designed for individuals who have an interest in establishing and developing a national forest monitoring system (NFMS), and to learn about the institutionalization process. The course targets legal experts, ministries, government officers, academia and private sector among others involved in the design and establishment of an NFMS.

  • The foundation and strategic elements to strengthen institutional arrangements for the planning and definition of an NFMS.
  • The actors and responsibilities involved in operating the NFMS, as well as the types of issues pertaining to data-sharing, accessibility and lack of transparency.
  • The stepwise approach to adopting an NFMS legal instrument.
  • The application of the NFMS legal assessment matrix and the checklist tool to identifying good countries’ good practices.
  • The NFMS assessment tool and the importance of an NFM strategy.

The course consists of 3 lessons of approximately 25-40 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Foundation and strategic elements of an NFMS
  • Lesson 2 - Legal and institutional arrangements to operationalize an NFMS
  • Lesson 3 - Stepwise approach and best practices linked to an NFMS legal instrument

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