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National Forest Monitoring and Information Systems for a transparent and truthful REDD+

As of: May 2018

Objective and activities

The international cooperation project supported the process of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in 19 partner countries. To this end, it promoted the exchange of knowledge, knowledge transfer and the development of capacities for the application of forest monitoring tools developed by the project. The project was developed in cooperation with Google Outreach, the non-profit program of the company Google, a new MRV tool "Collect Earth". The software expands the monitoring systems of the target countries through an easy-to-learn evaluation routine of freely available satellite images. In this way, countries have been able to improve their monitoring of their REDD + activities, as well as the reporting to the UNFCCC regarding greenhouse gas emissions and their reduction. In addition, the MRV system created important foundations for the transparent implementation of all REDD + measures (eg the development of reference levels).

Joint project
Global Forest Survey (GFS)
Successor project(s)
National Land Monitoring and Information System for a transparent NDC reporting

State of implementation/results

  • The open-source software Collect Earth, which was newly developed by the project, is being tested/introduced in almost all target countries. To support this process, numerous training courses are taking place in the target countries and at the FAO in Rome. ´The software uses the ‘Google Engine’ and freely available satellite images to facilitate the classification of land-use forms and the monitoring of land-use changes.
  • The FAO presented the Collect Earth software at various events such as an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Expert Meeting in Australia in April 2016, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Expert Meeting in Geneva in 2015, a side event at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA), and an FAO/UN workshop in Baku, Azerbaijan in October 2015.
  • A memorandum of understanding between the FAO and Google was signed in Paris in December 2015 at COP 21.
  • There is close cooperation and a sharing of resources with the IKI project ‘Global Forest Survey’.
  • Procurement measures for computer centres with geographic information systems for forest monitoring were carried out in 13 countries.
  • Scientific paper about the MRV tool 'Collect Earth' in the journal 'Remote Sensing', Vol. 8 (10), 2016.

Project data

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

Implementing organisation:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Partner institution(s):
  • Climate Change Commission (CCC) - Philippines, Committee for Environmental Protection - Tajikistan, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Philippines, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry - South Africa, Environmental Protection Agency - Ghana, Forestry Commission - Ghana," Institute for Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) - Colombia", Ministry of Agriculture - Chile, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment - Tunisia, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) - Uruguay, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry - Bhutan, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry - Lao PDR, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development - Algeria, Ministry of Coordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA) - Mozambique," Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MEMEE) - Morocco", Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) - Lao PDR, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Algeria, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Chile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Colombia, Ministry of Foreign and Religious Affairs - Argentina," Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment (MVOTMA) - Uruguay"," Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection - Zambia", Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Thailand," Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources - Zambia", National Directorate of Land and Forests (DNTF) - Mozambique , National Environment Commission - Bhutan, National Institute for Space Research - Brazil, State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry - Kyrgyzstan, Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS) - Tajikistan
  • Google - USA,National Institute for Space Research - Brazil

BMU grant:
€ 3,999,996.60

06/2013 till 12/2016


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