For 2012, data has been collected for 20 common indicators that provide an overview of the key parts of forest governance. The process mainly consisted of intensive web searches, consultation of recent documents and telephone conversations with key sources (such as local NGOs and community leaders). The websites of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), the Ministry of the Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDD) and the European Union (EU) were the most frequently consulted. This desk research has been complemented by requests for information to different public administrations and individual interviews with directly affected stakeholders.
The 2012 Common Report Card has enabled a general evaluation of the forest sector. The main difficulty encountered in the process of data collection has been the delay in updating most of the official websites visited. This situation has meant a lot of cross-checking before finding the desired information. An analysis of the data has enabled us to create a snapshot of the situation of transparency in the sector, in line with the checklist for the project. The data was initially collected in June and July 2012 and subsequently reviewed.