Criteria and indicators (C&I) are tools to define, communicate and evaluate the
sustainability of forest management. Since the Rio summit in 1992, numerous
initiatives developed a various C&I sets as multifunctional tools to be applied for
monitoring, auditing, science and decisions makers. The existing diversity of C&I sets
is a cause for uncertainty and confusion, and thereby diminishes the acceptance and
efficiency of the tool. With the initial aim to better understand this diversity, this study
compared the content and the quality of five C&I sets relevant for the Brazilian Amazon
(CIFOR, MCA, FSC, ITTO e Tarapoto). In addtion some principle actors of forest
management in the region were interviewed. The study revealed differnt thematic foci of
the analysed C&I sets. There was also detected signficant deficiencies in relation to
validity, specificity and practicability of the indicatores. Most of the C&I sets only
present a list for collecting information, but not the norms to interpret the collected data.
In order to increase objectivity and transparency of C&I based assessment it is
necessary to develop less complex and more practicable C&I sets. C&I must reflect
more clearly and unambiguously what is actually assessed by defining verifiers and
practicable methods for their assessment. It is important to provide more adequate
tools and intensive training to people dealing with the development of C&I.
Topic: criteria,indicators,sustainability,forest management,collaboration,CIFOR
Pages: x, 131p.; ill.
Publisher: CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia
Publication Year: 2003
ISBN: 979-3361-04-2Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.