How we assess progress


The Forest Declaration Assessment is an annual, civil society-led effort to assess collective progress toward the goal of halting and reversing deforestation and land degradation by 2030. 

The Assessment began in 2014 as the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Progress Assessment. Since 2015, the Assessment has provided updates on progress towards global forest goals. In 2022, it rebranded as the Forest Declaration Assessment in response to the need to track progress on new global forest commitments such as the Glasgow Leaders' Declaration on Forests and Land Use


The Forest Declaration Assessment and the pledges that it tracks recognize that halting deforestation and land degradation, and restoring forestlands, requires engaging a wide array of actors and balancing environmental, social, and economic interests. The overarching goals, as well as the enabling conditions required to meet the goals, are tracked under four "Themes".

The Assessment Partners follow systematic and rigorous approaches to collect and analyze data for each Theme. Research methods include comprehensive literature reviews, analysis of global data sets, original research led by local partners, and expert interviews. The Forest Declaration Assessment uses the findings to develop accessible reports and evidence-based policy recommendations that are published in multiple languages and amplified by Partners.  

Explore our Themes

Overarching forest goals

Assessing progress under Theme 1

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Sustainable development & production

Assessing progress under Theme 2

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Finance for forests

Assessing progress under Theme 2

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Forest governance

Assessing progress under Theme 4

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