New REDD+ capacity building initiative from FAO, UN-REDD, GFOI and the University of Melbourne


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) in developing countries (UN-REDD) and the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) in collaboration with the University of Melbourne are pleased to announce the launch of a new REDD+ capacity building initiative.

The initiative will focus on National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) for REDD+ building on existing technical guidance from FAO, UN-REDD, and GFOI (Methods and Guidance Document and REDDCompass) and and the expertise of technical partners in an intensive two-week course as a module of the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science of the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Key technical topics will include:

  • UNFCCC decisions on MRV and the Warsaw Framework for REDD+,
  • The IPCC and Greenhouse Gas Inventories (GHGi),
  • National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS),
  • Forest Reference (Emission) Levels (FREL/FRL),
  • REDD+ results reporting,
  • National Forest Inventory (NFI),
  • Satellite Land Monitoring Systems (SLMS).

The initiative’s first course will be for Pacific countries# from 28 November to 9 December 2016 at the Creswick Campus of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences of the University of Melbourne. Government nominations are required before 30th September, 2016 to enable travel arrangements. Course and travel expenses will be covered by FAO with financial support from UN-REDD, GFOI, and the Australian Government.

Subject to the successful completion of this first short course, it may be replicated in other regions. Other partners are invited to contribute and expressions of interest can be sent to the contact persons below.

Julian Fox, FAO, Tom Harvey, GFOI Office, and Chris Weston, University of Melbourne.