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Download FAO’s new publication “Better data, better decisions: Towards impactful forest monitoring

Decisions based on data and analysis are often deemed to produce a better outcome and providing decision-makers with information is seen as an important development strategy. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals reinforces the importance of science-policy linkages. In the forestry sector, efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) have created opportunities for forest monitoring capacity development over the past decade, which can support forest management and domestic policy-making in addition to international reporting.

This paper explores country examples, and considers how forest monitoring can inform problem-solving, especially on public policy.

More about FAO’s work on National Forest Monitoring and REDD+: www.fao.org/redd