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Transparent monitoring in practice: supporting post-Paris land use sector mitigation

As of: January 2022

Transparent Monitoring (TM) can help developing countries to improve monitoring of land use emissions and better assess mitigation actions. The project develops guidance for TM, on how to implement open-source tools and open-access datasets and how to improve data access in four countries. In Côte d’Ivoire, the project develops guidance for assessing mitigation along cocoa supply chains to assist an effective and transparent accounting. In Ethiopia, its works towards integration of open-source tools, data and TM principles into the national MRV system to improve the assessment of biomass following land use change and participation of local communities. In Papua New Guinea, it analyses the adoption of open data, of data accessibility policies and the improvement in participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in MRV. In Peru, it develops guidance towards an interactive near-real time forest change monitoring system linked to a national incentive system for forest-related mitigation.

State of implementation/results

  • A first draft of the concept on guidance for Transparent Monitoring (TM) has been developed and discussed at different levels. For this, the project work plan and the TM guidance concept were discussed on a workshop (digital event) with experts from BMU and GIZ in July 2021. Furthermore, an inception workshop (digital event) was held in September 2021 at which different stakeholder groups participated and discussed the definition of TM and the general concept of the TM guidance. The groups included the project team of implementing partners, representatives from the case study countries, member of the steering committee consisting of experts with different backgrounds, e.g. from the scientific community, private sector, NGOs, government authorities, etc, representatives of other monitoring projects.
  • The project team further developed the project website to inform about the project, introduce the concept of TM, and document publicly recent activities of the project team. The website is hosted by Oeko-Institut and via accessible.
  • In Côte d’Ivoire consultations with all relevant stakeholders (companies, ministries, etc.) took place. Internal consultations among implementing partners to design and prepare the scoping workshops will follow soon.
  • A scoping workshop was held on 30 July 2021 in Ethiopia (see event page), co-organized by CIFOR, Wageningen University and the national REDD+ Secretariat. The full-day event was attended by more than 20 regional, national and international REDD+ and MRV experts. The event took place online on Zoom, and offline in ILRI Campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was opened by H.E. Kebede Yimam, deputy commissioner of the Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC).
  • Internal meetings within the implementing partners in Peru have been undertaken to plan the national scoping workshop, expected to take place in later 2021 . An outline of the scoping workshop has been elaborated, initial invitees identified, and first meetings with stakeholders planned. Research aspects of the project have advanced in both community-based monitoring and emissions factors.
  • With relevant stakeholder institutions in Papua New Guinea a first video conference have been planned.

Project data

Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Papua New Guinea, Peru

Implementing organisation:
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Political partner(s):
  • Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) - Ethiopia
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Ivory Coast
  • Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA) - Papua New Guinea

Implementing partner(s):
  • Wageningen University
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Öko-Institut e.V.

BMU grant:
2.977.095,00 €

11/2020  till  10/2023


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