University of Wageningen, The Netherlands – Oct 1-3, 2014

Expert Workshop on approaches to forest degradation monitoring

Organized by: 

Global Forest Observation Initiative

GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office

Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Workshop objectives:

  • Assess the evolving needs from the international level and REDD+ countries for monitoring forest degradation;
  • Present and share experiences on approaches to identify and asses different types of degradation for REDD+ monitoring using earth observations, ground-based  surveys and proxies;
  • Discuss important gaps and obstacles and opportunities for future improvements, documented in an action plan for further R&D and demonstration activities;
  • Synthesize the findings towards improved guidance to countries and REDD+ practitioners.

Workshop programme:

The report and conclusions of the workshop can be downloaded here and the Workshop Presentations can be downloaded below:

Day 1: Wednesday October 1, 2014

Meeting objectives Ake Rosenqvist (soloEO)

Introduction Martin Herold (GOFCGOLD/WUR)

The GFOI R&D Coordination Component Simon Eggleston (GFOI Office)

GFOI Review of Priority R&D Topics Anthea Mitchell (UNSW)


CEOS SDCG for R&D Ake Rosenqvist (soloEO), Frank Martin Seifert (ESA)

Spot 5 take 5 Frank Martin Seifert (ESA)

Forest degradation, IPCC Methods and the Climate Negotiations Jim Penman (UCL)

Lessons learned from forest degradation monitoring in developing countries in the context of REDD+ (FAO/UN-REDD) Erik Lindquist (FAO)

Previous guidance and requirements for forest degradation monitoring Martin Herold (GOFCGOLD/WUR)

SilvaCarbon workshops on forest degradation –outcomes and recommendations Deborah Lawrence, (SilvaCarbon)

INPE’s large scale yearly monitoring of evidences of forest logging activities and potential forest degradation areas in Brazilian Amazon Dalton Valeriano (INPE)

Forest carbon monitoring for REDD MRV with satellite 3D SAR Svein Solberg (NFLI)

Assessing and monitoring of forest degradation using high resolution remote sensing Florian Siegert (RSS)

Monitoring shifting cultivation and illegal logging at tree level in Amazon forest, Brazil Dirk Hoekman (WUR)

Feasibility of Near-Real Time Forest disturbance monitoring in Central Africa Christophe Sannier (SIRS)

Day 2: Thursday October 2, 2014

Characterising forest degradation in humid tropics using fusion of Polarimetric SAR and optical remote sensing data Arief Wijaya (CIFOR)

Opportunities and difficulties in quantifying forest degradation Richard Lucas (UNSW)

Satellite imagery to map degradation: techniques and challenges Tuomas Haeme (VTT)

Forest degradation monitoring in Australia Neil Sims (CSIRO)

Temporal aspects of ecological responses to forest degradation Ronald McRoberts (USDA-FS)

Using inventory data as a proxy to delimit forest degradation  Ben de Jong (ECOSUR)