GFOI side-event @ COP23

 

Thursday 9 November 2017 from 16:45 to 18:15 local time in Bonn Germany. Meeting Room 9, the Bonn Zone.

The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) partners will be hosting a side event at the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany, entitled ‘Improving productivity and conservation through land use monitoring in the Pacific Islands’.  The side event is being co-hosted by two of the GFOI lead partners: The Australian Government and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The side event will showcase the activities and achievements of the GFOI in the Pacific, and across the world more broadly. The event will include presentations from Pacific Island country participants on the 2016 GFOI REDDcompass training course, ESA presentations on land use monitoring programs in the region and panel discussions on how the GFOI is making a global contribution to land sector climate change mitigation.

Those interested in attending the side event must be nominated to the Bonn Zone as representatives of an admitted observer organization in order to be granted access to the venue. Additional registration to attend the side event is not necessary. For those unable to attend in person, the UNFCCC Secretariat is planning to live broadcast the side event on the UNFCCC YouTube channel.

We hope to see you there!

GFOI_side event flyer

GFOI side event – agenda

 

Save the date: GFOI Plenary 2018

We are pleased to announce that the GFOI Plenary 2018 will be held in Bogotá, Colombia during the week beginning 12 March 2018.

The week will include an open forum plus additional component meetings and side discussions. More information about the agenda, venue and logistical arrangements will be circulated soon. For now we are asking you to please save the date.

Please note that participants will be responsible for making their own travel, accommodation and visa arrangements.

Please confirm your interest in attending via email to office@gfoi.org. Please also provide the following details: full name, title, organization, government official (y/n), country of residence, gender and phone number.

We hope to see you there!

GFOI side event @ GEO Week 2017

GFOI, through its partner the US SilvaCarbon Program, will host a side event at GEO Week 2017. The event will include two panel discussions on how GFOI partners are collaboratively assisting developing countries to increase their forest monitoring and associated greenhouse gas accounting capabilities.

The event will be held on Tuesday 24 October from 9am to 10:30am in the Meridian B Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
Registration is essential via the following link: http://www.earthobservations.org/reg_geo14_se.php.

Please click this link for more information and feel free to circulate amongst your colleagues.

Major milestone reached in forest monitoring from space

Press release | Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

Thanks to a major effort to ensure full satellite coverage of the world’s forests, all countries now have the necessary data for annual forest monitoring for the first time ever.

The space agencies operating the world’s largest civil Earth observing satellite programmes have declared a major milestone in assuring essential imagery coverage of the world’s forests in 2017. CEOS (the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites) has been coordinating space agency support to the data needs of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) since 2011. This involves ensuring coordinated and complementary systematic acquisition strategies for a suite of relevant Earth observation satellites to provide all countries with the data necessary for annual monitoring of their forests. Complete forest cover data is crucial for countries to be able to report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in support of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Deforestation and forest degradation is the 2nd leading source of carbon emissions globally, and must be reduced significantly in order to meet global climate targets.

Full and open forest data is now available for all countries as a result of the open data policies and collaboration of a variety of national space agencies and coordinating bodies. The core data streams underpinning this coordinated multi-annual global coverage of forests are the optical sensors on the Landsat series (USGS), and from the European Union Copernicus programme the Sentinel-1 radar series (EU/ESA) and the optical Sentinel-2 series (EU/ESA). Further data contributions are provided by the space agencies of Japan (JAXA), Brazil (INPE), China (CRESDA), France (CNES), Italy (ASI), Canada (CSA), and Germany (DLR). Further useful datasets are anticipated next year from the space agencies of the UK (NovaSAR mission) and Argentina (SAOCOM mission).

Global coverage of forests through this collaboration will continue from 2017 until at least 2030, allowing countries to confidently apply satellite data in their national forest monitoring and reporting systems.

For further information contact: sdcg-exec@lists.ceos.org.

Download the press release

CEOS: The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites ensures international coordination of civil space-based Earth observation programs and promotes exchange of data to optimize societal benefit and inform decision-making for securing a prosperous and sustainable future for humankind. Its 60 Member and Associate Agencies include the space agencies sponsoring all the world’s major civil Earth observing satellite programmes. www.ceos.org

GFOI: The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) is a voluntary partnership of countries and institutions who are collaboratively assisting developing countries to improve their forest monitoring and greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting capabilities for the purposes of establishing baselines and tracking progress in reducing GHG emissions from forests. Through collaborative action, GFOI partners seek to provide a larger and more streamlined package of assistance to developing countries than any one partner could provide alone. This includes supporting the sustained acquisition, availability, accessibility and capacity for countries to use Earth observation data and tools for forest monitoring purposes. GFOI is a flagship of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). For more information please see www.gfoi.org .

map of the world showing global CEOS coverage

National University of the Peruvian Amazon – short course on MRV for REDD+

A Masters’ level short course on MRV for REDD+ was held in Iquitos City Peru from 14 to 23 August 2017. Organized by the US SilvaCarbon Program and the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) in collaboration with the Faculty of Forestry Science of National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP), the course was targeted at professionals working on forest management issues in the Peruvian Amazon and surrounding areas. The course followed the structure of web platform REDDcompass, which utilizes the GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Document (MGD) to guide students through the key steps in designing and developing a complete MRV system for REDD+.

25 participants from regional governments, national agencies and academics from the national university of the Peruvian Amazon, completed all coursework and ultimately improved their skills in MRV for REDD+. Learnings from the course will continue to be disseminated by participants, including the academics who Have undertaken to incorporate the materials in to their ongoing teaching schedules. Additionally, the GFOI team developed two lectures for postgraduate and undergraduate students, which approximately 60 participants have already commenced. The UNAP has received a subsequent proposal from the regional Government of Loreto and civil society partners to collaboratively develop a similar course for their representatives based on the training materials of GFOI.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on office@gfoi.org.

Particpants from the REDDcompass course

GFOI Capacity Building Summit – Kathmandu Nepal

The GFOI Capacity Building Summit was held at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu Nepal from 18 to 22 September 2017. The Summit was attended by representatives from international organizations and REDD+ countries alike. It provided an opportunity for partners of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) to reflect on progress to date in forest monitoring capacity building efforts and discuss the way forward. REDD+ country representatives were also trained in the use of GFOI’s REDDcompass, a valuable tool for identifying needs and remaining gaps in national measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) processes for REDD+.

Participants discussed the need for capacity building efforts to be aimed directly at priority country needs and delivered according to the unique circumstances of each country. The GFOI’s MGD should be used as the centerpiece of capacity building activities and REDDcompass is a valuable resource for systematically identifying gaps and needs. There is a need to develop more sophisticated means to facilitate coordination between partners’, including through a global inventory of capacity building activities and possibly harmonized work planning.

The Summit produced a set of draft principles for good practice capacity building. Amongst other outcomes, these principles will seek to align international support with priority country needs, enable more efficient coordination between partners and monitor progress. These principles will be finalized in the coming weeks and are proposed to form the basis of capacity building activities under GFOI’s second phase which is due to start in 2018.

The GFOI Office would like to acknowledge and thank the US SilvaCarbon Programme, ICIMOD and the Government of Nepal for jointly organizing and hosting the summit.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on office@gfoi.org or head to the Summit website.

Participants at the GFOI Capacity Building Summit

GFOI Capacity Building Summit, ICIMOD, Nepal, 18-21 September 2017.
Photo: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya/ICIMOD.

SDCG12 held in Frascati

The 12th meeting of CEOS’ Space Data Coordination Group (SDCG) for GFOI was held this week at ESA’s Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) in Frascati Italy. The twice yearly meeting was attended by representatives from the world’s leading civil space agencies with earth observation satellites and programs. Under the SDCG, CEOS partners are working to ensure developing countries have ready access to the satellite data they need for monitoring their forests and account for greenhouse gas emissions and removals as their forests change.

At SDCG12, partners discussed a new theme for GFOI in Early Warning systems including the use of new satellite data technologies. Early Warning systems are designed to empower countries with near-real-time information on unexpected changes in their forests from fire, illegal logging or pests thus allowing action to be taken to protect the forest before it’s too late. GFOI has established an Early Warning taskforce together with partners WRI, to look at what country users might need from early warning systems and how advancements in new technologies and datasets can improve early warning techniques. The taskforce is still in its early days and initial findings can be expected in 2018.

For more information, please contact: sdcg-exec@lists.ceos.org.

Participants at the meeting 

REDDcompass Masters’ level short course

From 4 to 15 September 2017, partners of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) and the University of Melbourne are hosting a Masters’ level short course on MRV for REDD+ for participants from Indonesia. The course follows the structure of GFOI’s web platform REDDcompass which takes students through the key steps in designing and developing a complete MRV system for REDD+. REDDcompass provides a user-friendly approach to assist users in working through complex tasks and detailed guidance materials, including GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Documentation (MGD) and training materials of other partners including the FAO, SilvaCarbon, GOFC-GOLD, the World Bank and others.

30 participants from national and subnational agencies in Indonesia are participating in the course, which utilizes the professional teaching environment of the university to develop a comprehensive skillset in MRV for REDD+. Students will participate in a series of lectures, tutorials, practical tasks, short assessments and submit a final thesis in the form of a national MRV roadmap which draws on the existing capacities, tools and data in Indonesia. Students who complete all course materials will be awarded credit points for the subject from the University of Melbourne.

The course is being cohosted by GFOI partners in the Australian Government, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the US SilvaCarbon Programme.

For more information, please contact the GFOI Office on office@gfoi.org.

               

Participants from the GFOI RTEDDcompass training course

GFOI Plenary 2017: Presentations

Thank you for joining the GFOI Plenary 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

It was a great week with lively discussions, interesting presentations, exciting demonstrations and of course a talented musical performance! We had well over 100 participants from more than 30 different countries all sharing their ideas, expertise and experiences in forest monitoring and MRV.

Minutes from the plenary and summaries from the breakout sessions are available here, and copies of the presentations from the Open Forum sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday are now available for download below.

Tuesday 11 April 2017

  • Welcome

Anthony Bennie – Chair, GFOI Leads Group – download presentation

  • REDD+ Update

Maria Sanz Sanchez – download presentation

  • GFOI Successes and Opportunities

Jim Baker – GFOI Reviwer – download presentation

  • GFOI’s Methods and Guidance Documentation Component

Carly Green – MGD Component Manager – download presentation

  • GFOI’s Capacity  Building Component

Sasha Gottlieb – SilvaCarbon – download presentation

Inge Jonckheere – UNREDD – download presentation

  • GFOI’s Space Data Component

Frank Martin Seinfert – SDCG Co-Chair, ESA – download presentation

  • GFOI’s R&D Coordination Component

Martin Herold – R&D Coordination Component Manager – download presentation

  • Training the Trainer workshop series

Rama Chandra Reddy – Senior Carbon Finance Specialist World Bank, FCPF – download presentation

Wednesday 12 April 2017

  • IPCC: 2019 Refinement of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines

Andrej Kranjc – IPCC – download presentation

Sekai Ngarize – IPCC – download presentation

  • Country FREL presentations

Nguyen Dinh Hung – Vietnam – download presentation

Edersson Cabrera – Columbia – download presentation

Budiharto – Indonesia – download presentation

 

 

SilvaCarbon’s second regional workshop for Central America

SilvaCarbon held its second regional workshop for Central American countries in Costa Rica from 30 January to 3 February 2017. The workshop focused on methods for forest biomass estimation and forest cover mapping in the tropics.

This workshop reviewed methodologies associated with different sources of remote sensing data that can be used for biomass estimation, such as Landsat , SAR, and LiDAR data. It also reviewing some of the critical issues associated with biomass estimation, such as field data analysis, the use of suitable algorithms, uncertainty analysis and the application of biomass models. There were two parts to the workshop: a two-day meeting to review and discuss existing methods of biomass estimation, followed by a three-day field visit to gain field experience in a variety of biomass intensity settings.

For more information, please see the full report here.

SilvaCarbon WS