Forest sector policies must be seen as an integrated part of overall national policies. Forest policies cannot be developed in isolation.
Questions of a policy nature should be identified as the first step. Collection of information (e.g. a National Forest Inventory) follows thereafter.
In most countries there is need for an analysis of different stakeholders’ interests in improved statistics.
Countries should recognise the need for policy making and planning for information about use of the forests, change, plantations, trees outside of forests, non-wood forests products and the role of forests for rural communities
Most countries should establish an analysis unit....