Questions and indicators about forest biodiversity (Questind)


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

  • to develop a set of biodiversity indicators in a forest environment

Mandate for the assessment

  • Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE)
  • The national biodiversity observatory (ONB)

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Other (please specify)

own methodology

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Forest and woodland

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Timber/fibres
  • Genetic resources
  • Energy/fuel


  • Climate regulation
  • Pest and disease control

Supporting Services/Functions

  • Habitat maintenance
  • Primary production

Cultural Services

  • Recreation and tourism

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


If repeated, how frequently


Assessment outputs



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

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

  • Gathering all the stakeholders to have them discuss and exchange about their vision (working sessions)

Key stakeholder groups engaged

  • IGN
  • ONF
  • MAAF
  • environmental organizations (FNE, WWF)
  • CNPF ( forest owners association)

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process


Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Scientific information only
  • Resource experts (e.g. foresters etc)
  • Citizen science

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

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews


Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

  • gathering all the stakeholders during the workshops
  • Setting up consultations with citizens

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity


How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

1) We need to assess others indicators :

  • biodiveristy and climate change ;
  • ecosystem functioning ;
  • intraspecific diversity.

2) We need to clarify the concepts of "biodiversity" and "ecosystem services"

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

1) new direct indicators or indirect indicators must be developed

2) the concepts of "biodiveristy" must be defined during workshops

Additional relevant information