What is the NYDF Progress Assessment?

The NYDF Progress Assessment is an iterative and collective process led by a coalition of 28 research organizations and civil society groups known as the NYDF Assessment Partners. It tracks global progress toward the ten goals of the NYDF.

Voluntary declarations such as the NYDF are based on the premise that strong overall targets will lead endorsers and partners to step forward and formulate concrete implementation actions and plans. The NYDF Progress Assessment monitors whether this is indeed happening - are governments, companies, and financial actors moving from commitment to actions? How effective have actions been in achieving the NYDF goals?

The information that the NYDF Assessment Partners collect and publish every year supports planning to ensure that 2030 forests goals can be met through a coordinated and collaborative effort of governments, corporations, and civil society.

Who are the NYDF Assessment Partners?

In 2015 the NYDF Assessment Partners were formed as an independent civil-society initiative to monitor progress towards the NYDF’s global goals. What started as a coalition of 6 organizations has grown into a strong and diverse group of 28 members, with an even higher number of external collaborators. 

 Just as achieving the NYDF goals will require joint effort, assessing progress toward the NYDF goals necessitates collaboration between a multitude of organizations. The NYDF Assessment Partners share the aim of promoting transparency and encouraging progress toward meeting the NYDF. The partners draw on their collective expertise to provide scientific and independent assessments that, combined, provide a more complete and robust picture of total progress toward meeting the NYDF. In addition, they form a coordinated front for research, outreach, and advocacy, forming a powerful coalition that is stronger than the sum of its parts

The history of the NYDF Progress Assessment

The NYDF Progress Assessment has operated since the NYDF's adoption in 2014. In 2015, the first edition of the NYDF Progress Assessment proposed a framework and respective indicators for measuring progress toward all ten goals and offered an initial assessment on the status of progress toward their achievement. 

In 2016, the second edition of the report focused on Goal 2, eliminating deforestation from agricultural commodity supply chains, building on the 2015 NYDF Assessment Framework and Initial Report. It was met with an overall positive response and widespread media coverage (including Reuters, NPR, and Politico). 

The third edition of the report, released in October 2017, provided a deep analysis of Goals 8 and 9 of the NYDF - looking at the financial support provided to forest emission reduction strategies (Goal 8), and rewards for action (Goal 9). 

The fourth edition of the NYDF Progress Assessment was launched in November 2018. It focused on forest governance, the rule of law, and the empowerment of communities and indigenous peoples (Goal 10). The 2018 progress assessment of Goals 1-9, launched in September, showed that natural forests continue to disappear at an alarming rate since the NYDF was adopted in 2014. 

The fifth edition of the NYDF Progress Assessment was released in 2019, taking stock of overall progress on the fifth anniversary of the launch of the NYDF. The in-depth report highlighted progress toward stopping deforestation (Goal 1) and implementing restoration (Goal 5), while tracking the development of all ten goals to present an overall picture of progress. 

In 2020 the NYDF Assessment report covered the sectors of mining & infrastructure (Goal 3) as well as small-scale livelihoods (Goal 4). It addressed the importance od development - both large- and small-scale - taking into account the value of forests.

In 2021, the Assessment Partners turn their attention to implementing Goal 7, examining how countries are making progress on realizing the potential for forests for climate change mitigation in line with the Paris Agreement.

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