Supporting national forest monitoring systems

Supporting national forest monitoring systems


A longer version is available on the methods and guidance page.


SIde Event at UNFCCC COP20/CMP10 Lima

GFOI will hold a side event at the UNFCCC COP20/MOP10 meeting in Lima, Peru on Tuesday 2 December in Room Caral (130).

How capacity building is boosting Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV): Lessons from GFOI and Kenya.

Robust MRY Systems show how the land sector contributes to Mitigation

Tuesday 2 December 18:30-20:00 Room Caral.

GFOI welcomes you to a side event on capacity building for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV): at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP20-CMP10 in Lima, Peru. 

National forest monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems can play a key role in driving sustainable development, reporting on GHG emissions and providing access to carbon reduction mechanisms and support undertaking REDD+ projects. These national systems can also help developing countries better manage their forests and reduce their emissions by providing data to help inform national planning and decision-making.

This side event will share the experiences of two programs that are working at different scales to overcome barriers to building effective data systems – GFOI (Global Forest Observations Initiative) which operates at an international level to support countries in establishing forest monitoring systems and SLEEK (System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya) which is a national program, supported by the Government of Australia, to develop an MRV system in Kenya.

The GFOI is being developed under the lead of Australia, Norway, USA, FAO, and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites. It ensures the sustained availability and use of satellite and ground data for national forest monitoring systems to better manage forest resources. It also helps to develop in-country capacity to develop and use MRV systems to track GHG emissions. GFOI also provides guidance on MRV methodologies while supporting REDD+ implementation.

The SLEEK program is an initiative being led by the Government of Kenya to develop a tier-three MRV system for Kenya’s land-sector. This data will help Kenya meet its UNFCCC obligations, and will also be used to inform national and regional policy objectives in a wide-range of policy areas through the development of applications. The program is being funded by the Government of Australia and facilitated by the Clinton Climate Initiative.

This side event will allow countries to share the significant progress being made by both initiatives, and help other government organisations understand how they could build similar systems adapted to their national needs. The panel will include representatives of the Governments of Kenya and Australia, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), US SilvaCarbon, and GFOI.


Second R&D Expert Workshop - Forest Degradation

The second R&D Expert Workshop was held at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, on the 1-3 October 2014. A report and the presentatons can be downloaded here.

GFOI Video

Methods and Guidance Modules

GFOI is producing modules to support users of the Methods and Guidance Document. These modules will address issues that have arisen in the use of the Methods and Guidance Document. The first module shas now been produced and is available here.

First R&D Expert Workshop

The first R&D Expert Workshop was held at the Woods Hole Research Centre, USA on the 10-11 June 2014. A report and the presentatons can be downloaded here.


First GFOI Forest Monitoring Workshop in Africa

A workshop on Data Interoperavility for Forest Monitoring was held in Douala, Cameroon June2-6, 2014. This first regional technical GFOI-SilvaCarbon workshop on forest monitoring had the overall aim of supporting participating countries to continue to develop their data plans for country needs in the context of REDD+. Different data sets were presented and the use of different remote sensing data and their interoperability to create biomass estimations was discussed.

COMIFAC, the regional Forestry Commission for Central Africa, has a mandate to coordinate and harmonize forest interventions across the Congo Basin, including forest carbon measurement and monitoring. As such, in collaboration with GFOI and SilvaCarbon, COMIFAC is well placed to co-host the first GFOI-SilvaCarbon regional workshop in the sub-region, expanding the capacity building exercise to all COMIFAC member countries.

Details can be found here.







Integrating remote-sensing and ground-based observations for estimation of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in forests: Methods and Guidance (MGD) from the Global Forest Observations Initiative is now available from GFOI. 


See here for more details.











In the Methods and Guidance Document, Integrating remote-sensing and ground-based observations for estimation of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in forests: Methods and Guidance (MGD) from the Global Forest Observations Initiative some issues have been found in the table numbering and one of the examples, these are listed here and a corrected pdf is available here.


GFOI SE Asia Capacity Building

The first regional technical GFOI workshop on forest monitoring in Southeast Asia was successfully held in Chiangmai, Thailand on January 27 to 30, 2014. The overall aim was to support participating countries in developing data plans for their country needs in the context of REDD+. It is the first in a series SE Asian Workshops. More details can be found here.