Criteria and indicators are the basic tools for defining and promoting sustainable forest management by providing relevant information for forest policy development and evaluation, national forest policies, plans and programmes and as a basis for cross-sectoral forest related data collection and communication to the sector and to the broad public. Through them it is also possible to monitor, assess and report progress towards sustainable forest management at regional and national levels in the Pan-European region.
FOREST EUROPE was one of the first regional policy processes to develop and endorse criteria and indicators (hereinafter C&I). The first set of C&I for sustainable forest management (hereinafter SFM) was adopted in Lisbon 1998 as the Annex 1 of the Resolution L2 (for this old version click here). The set of Improved Pan-European Indicators for SFM was adopted by the MCPFE Expert Level Meeting 2002 in Vienna (for this outdated version click here). Finally, the actual set of Updated Pan-European indicators for Sustainable forest Management was endorsed by the ministers at the 7th Ministerial Conference in Madrid 2015 as Annex 1 to Madrid Ministerial Declaration. The current set of C&I represents the consensus achieved by European countries on the most important aspects of SFM and provide guidance for developing policies and help assess progress on sustainable forest management.