International Forest Agendas

Various international agreements and programmes promote the participation of forest communities in delivering and monitoring objectives for tropical forests. They outline the potential roles, rights and processes for involving indigenous and traditional peoples.

This website refers to these agreements and programmes as ‘international forest agendas’. It focuses on how community-collected data can help meet the monitoring requirements of three of these: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the EU programme of Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), and strategies for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Community-based forest monitoring also has a potential role in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

Click below to read more about these agendas and what they say about community-based monitoring.

CBD

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is the international agreement on conservation. It aims to reverse the decline in biodiversity - including habitat, species and genetic diversity - and to maintain the benefits that biodiversity brings to people. This has clear implications for communities that live in and/or depend directly upon forests, which contain a significant proportion of...

The European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, established in 2003, aims to prevent the import of illegal timber into the EU, tackle illegal logging, and promote trade in legal and sustainably produced timber. Because it involves strengthening forest management and law enforcement practices in timber-...

Carbon dioxide emissions from the clearance and degradation of forests contribute to climate change. Growing concern about this has led to the development of plans to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD). REDD+ is the international incentive mechanism, established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

The principle of ‘free, prior and informed consent’ (FPIC) means that indigenous peoples have a right to give or withhold consent to projects that will affect them, especially actions affecting their customary lands, territories and natural resources. In some cases this also applies to other forest-dependent communities.

This page gives a brief introduction to the legal basis for free,...

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 integrated goals and 169 associated targets, agreed by the UN in September 2015, that will define the international agenda on sustainable development for the next fifteen years. The SDGs are part of '...