Streamlining forest-related reporting


CPF continues its efforts to make reporting easier for countries. In 2002, UNFF member states mandated a CPF Task Force for streamlining forest-related reporting. The objective of the CPF Task Force is to propose ways to reduce the forest-related reporting burden, for example, through reducing and streamlining reporting requests, synchronizing reporting cycles, harmonizing data collection methods and increasing data comparability and compatibility, and facilitating the accessibility and flows of existing information.

The purpose of this work is also to guide ongoing international processes by sharing experiences and lessons learned on different reporting frameworks and by seeking possibilities for common approaches for data and information collection, storage and reporting by international organizations.  In the longer term, the work aims to contribute to better information management system(s), whereby data and information will be more easily accessible and widely available, and in which the information could eventually be inserted and updated by countries themselves.

CBD commissions study to improve reporting on forest biodiversity

The CBD Secretariat was requested by COP 10 in decision X/36 to continue its collaboration with UNFF, FAO and other CPF members on ‘Streamlining forest-related reporting, based on the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Task Force on Streamlining Forest-related Reporting, including by organizing, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a meeting of the Task Force, prior to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to investigate whether there are inadequacies in forest biodiversity reporting and monitoring, aware of the need to follow up decision IX/5, paragraph 3(g), with the objective of further improving the biodiversity component of the Global Forest Resources Assessment and other relevant processes and initiatives; and report on progress to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at a meeting prior to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties.’

To address this request, CBD, in conjunction with UNFF, FAO and other CPF members, have commissioned a study on forest classifications to be published as an information document for the CBD’s Subsidiary Body for Science, Technical and Technological Advice at the session from 30 April to May 2012.