National Land Monitoring and Information System for a transparent NDC reporting
As of: September 2021
To ensure meaningful reporting on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that are created by deforestation, suitable types of data need to be collected and monitored over time. To achieve this, one of the project aims is to support the use of an existing software tool for forest monitoring, which has been developed in cooperation with Google Outreach. The project scope also includes a new piece of software for landscape and restoration monitoring. The software will complement partner country monitoring systems. This will improve the monitoring of NDC and REDD+ measures as well as greenhouse gas reporting. The expanded monitoring system will also provide an important basis for implementing REDD+ instruments and the preparation of reports to the UNFCCC. Training for around 400 domain specialists is targeting knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer about the tool. In this way, the project is helping 22 partner countries to reduce deforestation emissions (REDD+)./
State of implementation/results
- Presentation of Earth Map at the Geo for Good 2018 conference at Google Headquarters in Mountain View (USA), and at the Agrobusiness Forum at the World Bank in Washington DC (USA).
- Project launching workshop in Rome, Italy, on 5th-8th November 2018.
- Start of the initiative Africa Open DEAL for the purpose of systematic gathering of environmental, agricultural and climate data sets.
- On 5 July 2019, an important scientific report on “The global tree restoration potential” (science.sciencemag.org/…) has been published in Science Magazine. This report is the result of a collaboration between some project members, ETH Zurich and other FAO departments. This report uses a database, which was generated through Collect Earth.
- FAO reports a continuous improvement to Collect Earth (www.openforis.org/…) and to the Earth Map platform.
- FAO and the African Union started to organize a regional workshop in Addis Ababa in spring 2020, to discuss the work done so far for the Africa Open DEAL initiative and the best solutions to release/publish the data. The preliminary results of the data analysis at regional scale were also discussed.