Workshop 4: Global datasets

Wageningen University, The Netherlands – November 9-10, 2015

Expert Workshop on Using Global Datasets for National REDD+ Measuring and Monitoring

Organized by:

Global Forest Observation Initiative
GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office
Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Workshop information:

Background information on the workshop can be accessed here.
The workshop report can be directly accessed here

Workshop objectives:

The international community together with experts from countries has been working to provide guidance to countries on how estimate emissions from REDD+ activities through the GOFC-GOLD REDD+ Sourcebook and related training materials, and the GFOI methods and guidance document which links REDD+ operationally to IPCC guidelines.

The workshop aimed to bring together the communities of REDD+ monitoring experts and national practitioners to discuss the current state in using global datasets for national forest monitoring systems, identify gaps and obstacles that hinder progress where the use of global datasets would be advantageous, and to develop a synthesis, additional guidance and an action plan towards improving the underlying science and national forest monitoring in REDD+ countries. More specifically, the workshop aimed to:

  1. Present and collect of current experiences on the use of global data products related to national forest monitoring system (NFMS) and those of other stakeholders involved in REDD+ monitoring. These experiences largely relate to the use of remote sensing-based forest cover and change products but will also take into account those related to biomass and emission factors for biomass and other pools (i.e. from fire and peatlands)
  2. dentify gaps, inconsistencies, uncertainties and other obstacles for the useful integration of global monitoring efforts with those of national forest monitoring efforts
  3. Discuss and document the impact of the experiences issues on:
    1. The existing and upcoming guidance on their use (provided by GFOI and GOFC-GOLD)
    2. Capacity building efforts for national forest monitoring systems
    3. Communication of global data product analyses and results
    4. Research needs and opportunities (links to the GFOI R&D Coordination Component)

Workshop Programme:

GFOI/GOFC-GOLD expert meeting
Wageningen University campus: building Atlas, room Atlas 1 and 2

Monday, 9 November,  2015

SESSION 1: Introduction and workshop objectives (Chair: Herold)
09.00-09.15 Opening and welcome Seifert/Herold
09.15-09.30 Workshop framing: perspectives from NICFI Hertzberg
09.30-09.45 Workshop background and objectives Herold
09.45-10.00 Current GFOI module on using global datasets Penman/Green
10.00-10.30 Break

SESSION 2: Country level experiences with using global datasets 1 (Chair: Achard)

10.30-10.50 Accuracy assessment issues and examples Olofsson
10.50-11.10 Examples and experiences from various countries McRoberts
11.10-11.30 Use of Hansen et al data examples Hansen/Popatov
11.30-11.50 WRI/GFW examples Harris
11.50-12.00 GiZ experiences Kallweit
12.00-13.00 Lunch

SESSION 3: Country level experiences with using global datasets 2 (Chair: McRoberts)

13.00-13.20 Perspectives of using Sentinel-2 data for the assessment of forest degradation in countries Achard
13.20-13.40 Country experiences from UN-REDD Jonckheere/Lindquist
14.00-14.20 Tanzania Naesset
14.20-14.40 Indonesia Morgono/Sugardiman
14.40-15.00 Ethiopia Melakeneh
15.00-15.30 Break
SESSION 4: Country level experiences with using global datasets 3 (Chair: Seifert)
15.00-15.20 Colombia Galindo
15.20-15.40 Gabon and Central Africa Sannier
16.00-16.20 Guyana Donoghue
16.20-16.40 Brazil Camara
16.40-17.00 IIASA experiences Schepaschenko/Lesiv
17.00-17.20 Role and use of global biomass (Oslo w/s outcomes) McRoberts/Olofsson
17.20-17.45 Open discussions all
17.45 Closing of first day
GFOI/GOFC-GOLD expert meeting
Wageningen University campus: building Atlas, room Atlas 1 and 2

Tuesday, 10 November,  2015

SESSION 5: Synthesizing approaches and experiences: group discussions
09.00-09.30 Reflections/discussions from day one and breakout groups Herold
09.30-11.00 Group discussions all
11.00-11.30 Break

SESSION 6: Group discussions

11.30-12.30 What is the progress being made? Identify key gaps and set basis for research priorities all
12.30-13.30 Lunch

SESSION 7: Presentation of breakout group outcomes

13.30-14.30 Set up research agenda and priorities and actions to fill them Group rapporteurs
14.30-15.00 Break
SESSION 8: Presentation of breakout group outcomes
15.00-17.00 Plenary discussions or breaking in smaller groups all
17.00-17.30 Closing discussion and next steps
17.30 Closing of the meeting