NFMIS: improvement continued in close partnership with the Forest Committee
On June 14, 2018 GIZ’s Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBiS) programme jointly with the Forest Committee and Hayantar SNCO organized a working discussion on the National Forest Management Information System (NFMIS). The event was hosted by the State Forest Committee and gathered more than 20 participants from the forest sector state institutions, international organizations, related consultancies and others. The objective was to give a start to the current phase of NFMIS improvements by an IT company in close cooperation with the forest related institutions.
Earlier on March 22, 2018 GIZ’s IBiS hosted a workshop on the NFMIS with about 25 participants from related entities under the Ministry of Nature Protection and the Ministry of Agriculture, international organizations and individual experts. The represented international structures included UNDP, WB, WWF and CNF. In the result of the workshop the list of the needed NFMIS improvements was finalized to make it functional and applicable within the existing functionalities.
The NFMIS is an information system for facilitating operational planning, information management and exchange between forest related state structures. The Concept on Forest Sector Reforms adopted by the RA Government on 30 November 2017 states the strategic measure 9 “continuous development of forest management information system”.
During the recent workshop the IT company, state institutions and a forest inventory/management planning consultancy with contribution from international organizations thoroughly discussed the possibilities of having a more complete NFMIS database on the basis of field forest inventory and mapping information. The need for reliable primary data for NFMIS was highlighted. GIZ and UNDP representatives discussed the upload of respective up-to-date satellite information in NFMIS.
During the workshops the importance of having functional NFMIS was highlighted by workshop participants along with the need to continue human and technical capacity building in relevant institutions. The need of guidance by respective state structures for further improvement and institutionalization of NFMIS was discussed. Effective cooperation between the state and other partners is important for joining forces in the field of NFMIS development.
The information flow within the NFMIS should follow the institutional set-up on the forestry sector. Therefore, respective adjustments in the NFMIS can be done only after having the ongoing forest institutional reforms finalized and the institutions with functions established.
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