Nine suggested SDG indicators for forestry and landscapes

A boy collects firewood in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The importance of forests to energy and livelihoods make them crucial for inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals. CIFOR photo

A boy collects firewood in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The importance of forests to energy and livelihoods make them crucial for inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals. CIFOR photo

My previous blog post provided some context to how forests may fit into the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework. The timing of this discussion is important, as the UN Open Working Group on SDGs will discuss forests in its final meeting on 3-7 February 2014. Following this meeting, member countries of the working group will hand over recommendations for a future development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals to the UN Secretary General and the General Assembly.

In the following, I explore some further thoughts on suitable indicators for forestry and landscapes. These have crystallized through an intensive dialogue over the past year on the need for new partnerships and cross-cutting solutions that are not restricted by sectoral silos, governance layers or political boundaries.

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