The GFOI Review is now complete and the findings have been released. The review has found that the GFOI has been largely successful in pursuing its initial goals. However, it recommends that GFOI now needs to chart a course for the future that is consistent with the changing global context; including the Paris Agreement and other significant developments since the Initiative was first established. A second phase of GFOI will now be pursued and focused on a primary goal of coordinated capacity building assistance in forest monitoring for the benefit of developing countries globally. The final report from the review and the response from the GFOI Leads Group are now available below.
At the Oslo REDD Exchange (14 – 15 June), GFOI partners the Governments of Norway and the United States of America issued a joint statement to deeper collaboration on forests and climate change.
Announced by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Hegelson, the statement listed GFOI as a priority activity. At the top of the list of specific activities, the statement said that the two countries would consider enhancing existing collaboration under GFOI to help REDD+ countries to develop greenhouse gas inventories and management tools.
See the full statement here.
REDDcompass helps users progressively work through the key themes, concepts and actions of REDD+ National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) gaining access to a suite of GFOI methods and guidance, space data resources, training materials and tools along the way.
GFOI releases new tool to guide countries in developing MRV systems for REDD+
GFOI is pleased to announce the release of REDDcompass, a new web application to help countries develop national forest monitoring systems and procedures to measure, report and verify (MRV) associated greenhouse gas emissions. REDDcompass provides access to the GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Document (MGD) and supporting training materials and tools through an easy navigational tool. Visit gfoi.org/REDDcompass.
The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) is an initiative of the inter-governmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) that aims to foster the sustained availability of observations for national forest monitoring systems; support governments that are establishing national systems by providing a platform for coordinating observations, providing assistance and guidance on utilising observations, developing accepted methods and protocols, and promoting ongoing research and development; and work with national governments that report into international forest assessments (such as the global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO) and the national greenhouse gas inventories reported to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) using methods of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
By absorbing and storing atmospheric carbon, forests play an important role in the global carbon cycle and in the moderation of atmospheric greenhouse gases. Reducing deforestation and forest degradation will help address global climate change.
Emissions from forests are estimated to amount to 15-20% of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – through deforestation, forest degradation, and land use change. In an effort to reduce these emissions, national governments are making significant investments in multilateral frameworks such as the REDD+ Partnership, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank, the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), and various bilateral agreements. Determining the effectiveness of these actions, and planning future measures, depends on the capabilities of national forest monitoring systems.
Robust national forest monitoring based on objective observations is widely accepted as a pre-requisite for countries to participate in international forest carbon agreements. Improved monitoring will also enhance the existing reporting frameworks of the UNFCCC and the periodic Global Forest Resource Assessments of the FAO. To operate efficiently and sustainably, national forest monitoring systems require a continuous, timely and affordable supply of observations. GEO seeks to facilitate this supply and use of forest observations through its Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI).