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Since 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been collaborating closely with the Virtual Center of Excellence on Forest Monitoring (CEVMF) to reinforce South-South Cooperation in forest monitoring. This partnership operates within the framework of the Mesoamerican Strategy for Environmental Sustainability that aims to deepen and diversify existing regional cooperation in environmental matters in the context of the growing economic, political and social connection between ten countries of the Mesoamerican region.

mist-shrouded-forest-P9VNVNWNational Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) in Latin-America have consistently evolved and progressed, thanks to the efforts of the regions’ numerous stakeholders and the increasing relevance of the collection of data for decision-makers on policies related to forests, land use planning and food security. A needs assessment undertaken in the framework of the CEVMF at the end of 2017 identified the need for further learning and information sharing about the institutional arrangements to ensure financial sustainability and data accessibility for multiple purposes.

On 11 July 2018, a webinar was organised to share experiences of Costa Rica and Colombia in establishing institutional and legal arrangements of National Forest Monitoring Systems to guarantee financial sustainability, national ownership, and interoperability. The event was organized with technical support from UN-REDD, a collaborative programme that has been supporting both countries in their NFMS activities for years. Bringing together 36 participants from governmental institutions, national and international organisations of 15 countries, the webinar aimed to respond to country needs, boost the dissemination of country progress, and encourage south-south cooperation in the region.

During the webinar, FAO presented key elements of the Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring (VGNFM), and shared practical examples of developing legal instruments for NFMS in the countries that have received technical support from the organisation - Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Ecuador. Later, presentations from Costa Rica and Colombia also highlighted successful models of these institutional arrangements.

 

Continue reading at: http://www.fao.org/redd/news/detail/en/c/1148665/

 

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