In 2003, Côte d’Ivoire conducted the implementation of an ITTO pre-project [PPD 61/02 Rev.2 (M)] to provide a diagnostic on the current status of forest statistics in Côte d’Ivoire and to develop a strategy and a project to establish a national forest statistics management system. Since then, the implementation of this strategy has been initiated. An Integrated Forestry Activities Management System (SIGAF) was designed within the Ministry of Water Forest Resources (SIGAF). Several computerized forest statistics management systems have been developed, however the system is still not operational.
This project represents a new stage in the implementation of the national strategy for improving the forestry statistics management system contained in the strategy document resulting from the pre-project. This stage consists in effectively implementing this system. Specifically, this project is to enable the following:
• Testing and improving the information system to better address the expectations of users and better adapt to the requirements of the FLEGT mechanism currently under formulation in Côte d’Ivoire.
• Building the capacities of the personnel in those structures mandated to collect and process forest statistics, both within MINEF and economic stakeholders of the timber industry.
The implementation of this project will achieve the full computerization of the forest statistics data collection and processing system and thereby contribute to improving the decision-making process within the forest sector.