GFOI Plenary and Open Forum, ESRIN Frascati Italy, February 2016.
Participants at the GFOI Component Meetings, Sydney, March 2015
GFOI partners work across four key components: capacity building, methods and guidance, space data and R&D coordination. These components interact with one another and the individual activities of GFOI partners to provide holistic and specialized support to countries with an ambition to reduce emissions from land use and land use change. The components conduct the following core functions:
- Capacity Building: building country capacity is the fundamental objectives of GFOI. The capacity building works directly with countries to help build their national forest monitoring capabilities. This component is jointly managed by the US SilvaCarbon and UN-REDD-FAO programmes. These programmes facilitate hands-on training and in-country support through a combination of different methods, including training in the use of tools and methods that have been developed by GFOI partners to support key tasks such as data acquisition, analysis and reporting; including through the use of OpenForis, BFAST and BEEODA. Visit the Capacity Building component page for more information.
- Methods & Guidance Documentation (MGD): provides methodological advice on forest monitoring and MRV for REDD+. The MGD provides a systematic workflow approach to guide countries through the otherwise complex process of developing forest monitoring and MRV systems. It provides direct links between UNFCCC decisions and reporting requirements, with the good practice guidance provided by the IPCC. It is not biased towards any particular method or approach, instead it provides overarching guidance on operational methods and approaches to MRV.
Visit the Methods and Guidance component page for more information.
- Space Data Coordination Group (SDCG): facilitates the availability and accessibility of satellite data for countries to use in monitoring their forests. The SDCG coordinates space agencies to influence satellite acquisition to ensure data coverage and continuity that meets REDD+ country needs. It works with both data users and producers to facilitate improved accessibility and usability of satellite data. This component is led by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellite (CEOS), with contributions from its member space agencies.
Visit the Satellite Data component page for more information.
- R&D Coordination: ensures that new technologies, datasets and methods for forest monitoring are developed and provided to countries in a manner that best meets their needs. In return, the R&D Coordination component works to ensure that country needs and continued knowledge gaps are communicated back to the research community to help guide future research and development tasks. The component also coordinates priority research topics such as monitoring forest degradation, mapping forest types, interoperability of different datasets, uncertainty analysis and model integration. This component is led by the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Office at Wageningen University, which coordinates a broad community of international researchers working on improving forest monitoring and MRV techniques.
Visit the R&D Plan component page for more information.
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