Forest Biodiversity Indicators - synthesis of the knowledge resulting from the French National Research Programme "Biodiveristy, Forest Management and Public Policies"


Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment National
Country or countries covered France
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

This project aims to :

  • to give a global view of existing approaches to assess forest biodiveristy through indicators for researchers and forest managers;
  • to underline the need to developp new set of indicators responding to precise political objectives;
  • to promote the link between ecologic and socio-economic communities;
  • to refine the efficiency of existing forest biodiversity indicators;
  • to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from research to society.

Mandate for the assessment

  • Funded by :Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE) and The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Spatial Planning (MAAF)

  • Managed by: GIP ECOFOR, a French public platform whose members are research and forest management organisations

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Other (please specify)

European Environment Agency (EEA)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Forest and woodland

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed



Supporting Services/Functions

Cultural Services

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment


Assessment outputs


This assessment was carried out during the national research programme "Biodiversity, forest management and public policies"

The dedicated website of the programme aims to present: - the current projects (abstracts, researchers,…); - the calls for research proposals, reports on completed projects; - the program bibliographic references,…

Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)


Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Indicators
  • Social (non-monetary) valuation

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

organization of stakeholders meetings, funding specifics scientific studies

Key stakeholder groups engaged

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process


Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Resource experts (e.g. foresters etc)

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

it was used in few national working groups : - French Observatory for Biodiversity (ONB): thematic meetings about forest and biodiveristy - sustainable forest management indicators: group about biodiversity criteria

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

cf the conclusion article p. 141

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Network and sharing experiences, Access to funding, Workshops, Communication and awareness raising

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

Among the gaps identified: - very few functionning ecosystem indicators available ; - very few forest species monitoring and the species monitored are not always the most relevant for assessing forest biodiveristy evolution; - lots of indicators do not respond to clear political objectives;
- At first, the national forest biodiversity indicators aimed to assess sustainable forest management rather than forest biodiveristy

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Organisation of scientific meetings: - to support the projects and promote scientific interactions. - to involve stakeholders (policy makers, foresters, NGOs,…) from the start and integrate their recommandations. - to identify new research issues (transversal workshops), …

Additional relevant information