National Forest Monitoring and Information Systems for a transparent and truthful REDD+
As of: April 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).
- Global Forest Survey (GFS)
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.