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As of: June 2015

National forest monitoring and information systems for a transparent REDD+ process

Objective and activities

This South-South cooperation project is supporting the process of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) in 18 partner countries. To this end, it is promoting knowledge transfer, capacity building and the exchange of experience and ideas in the context of implementing a software tool for forest monitoring that has been newly developed and deployed by the Brazilian Government. The software uses remote sensing technology and geoinformation systems to extend the target countries’ monitoring systems. This allows them to better monitor REDD+ activities, as well as improving the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and their reduction. The purpose of the monitoring system is also to lay the foundations for achieving all REDD+ provisions (such as the development of reference levels) and ensuring stakeholder participation and transparency in the implementation of REDD+ measures.

State of implementation/results

  • An newly developed open-source software that uses freely available satellite images has been installed. The software allows users to define land-use classifications as well as to monitor changes in land-use.
  • The software was tested in a number of countries and training sessions were held in Buthan, the DCR, Papa New Guinea and Mongolia.
  • Training sessions for Remote Sensing, specifying on sampling, were held in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Zambia, Bhutan. 
  • Procurement measures for computer centres equipped with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for forest monitoring was implemented in 13 countries.

Project data

Global: Algeria, Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Laos, Morocco, Mozambique, Peru, Philippines, Zambia, South Africa, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay

Partner institution:

National Institute for Space Research of Brazil (INPE); Fundação de Ciência, Aplicações e Tecnologia Espaciais (FUNCATE); University of Idaho, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

Implementing organisation:

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

BMUB grant:
€ 3,999,996.60

06/2013 till 04/2016


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