WORKSHOP 5: FOREST STRATIFICATION

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City
June 7 – 10, 2016

Expert Workshop on Regional solutions to forest type stratification and characterising the forest state for national forest monitoring and carbon emissions reporting
(REDD+ MRV and LULUCF)

Organized by:

Global Forest Observation Initiative
GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office
CONABIO
SilvaCarbon
European Space Agency (ESA)

Workshop objectives:

  • Assess the evolving needs from the international level and REDD+ countries for generating and reporting on specific forest types;
  • Give regional practitioners an opportunity to present their national and regional forest monitoring systems and discuss the current challenges on decision making and translating what is mapped in reporting;
  • Present and share experiences on approaches to mapping nationally relevant forest types;
  • Present and share experiences on characterising the forest state (e.g., degradation, regrowth);
  • Discuss adequate approaches for product validation and for the related uncertainty assessment in carbon emissions reporting;
  • Discuss important gaps and obstacles and opportunities for future improvements documented in an action plan for further R&D and demonstration activities; and
  • Synthesize the findings towards improved guidance to countries and REDD+ practitioners.

Workshop programme:

Background information on the workshop can be accessed here

The workshop report can be accessed here

Regional solutions to forest type stratification and characterising the forest state for national forest monitoring and carbon emissions reporting

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Unaided e Seminarios Mexico City

Day 1: Tuesday June 7, 2016
Introduction 
09.00-10.40 Welcome and tour the table

Meeting objectives

GFOI introduction

SilvaCarbon and Capacity Building

National Operational Monitoring Systems in Mexico, an Overview: Mangroves, Biodiversity and Degradation Monitoring and Land Cover Land Cover Change Change

All

Brice Mora (GOFC-GOLD/WUR)

Tom Harvey (GFOI Office)

Sylvia Wilson (USGS/SilvaCarbon)

Michael Schmidt (CONABIO)

National forest monitoring systems – Part 1  
11.00-12.30 Mexico – Official approach on carbon emissions reporting 

Peru – Standardised forest type mapping and biodiversity monitoring 

Colombia – MAD-MEX integration and operational AD mapping 

Jorge Morfin (CONAFOR)

Eduardo Rojas (MINAM)

Gustavo Galindo or Edersson Cabrera (IDEAM)

National forest monitoring systems – Part 2
13.30-15.00 Guatemala – Governance and forest monitoring in Guatemala; progress in carbon stratification 

Honduras – The national forest monitoring system based on RapidEye data 

Brazil – Reviewing the Brazilian Vegetation Classification System and addressing the issue of forest regenetration to improve REDD+ oriented satellite monitoring and carbon balance estimation 

 Adalberto Lopez (CONAP)

Gerson Perdomo (ICF)

Dalton Valeriano (INPE)

Evaluation of current approaches in national forest monitoring systems
15.20-17.30 Break out groups (1 hr) to discuss each of the relevant issues:

  1. Characterisation of country-specific approaches
  2. Identify obstacles and limitations to current approaches in the NFMS
  3. Priority R&D and satellite data needs for countries in the region

All (1.5 hr) will meet after for reporting and consolidation: Synthesise progress, experiences and obstacles for NFMS

Day 2: Wednesday June 8, 2016
Method session 1 – Forest type stratification mapping
09.00-10.40 Forest and vegetation stratification in Mexico

The MAD-Mex approach – Technical Overview and integration of third party products

Developing monitoring techniques for subtropical/savanna transitionary forests in Mexico 

Experiences on forest stratification in Australia 

Jose Luis Ornelas or Arturo Hernandez Victoria (INEGI)

Michael Schmidt and Matt Hansen

Michail Urbazaev (FSU)

Anthea Mitchell (for Richard Lucas) (UNSW)

Method session 2 – Characterising the forest state, including deforestation/degradation indicators
11.20-12.20 Integrated approaches to capturing forest type change 

Biodiversity and Degradation Monitoring in Colombia by Humboldt

Matt Hansen (UMD)

Susana Rodriguez-Buriticá (Inst. Humboldt Colombia)

Method session 3 – Characterising the forest state, including deforestation/degradation indicators
13.30-14.30 Integration methods for forest degradation assessment and change monitoring

LiDAR/SAR-based mapping of savannahs forests in Southern Africa 

Tuomas Häme (VTT)

Renaud Mathieu (CSIR)

Working Group session 2 – Stratification and change in forest land and emissions reporting
14.50-17.30 Break out groups to discuss each of the relevant issues (1 hr):

  1. Evaluate current approaches to stratification
  2. Evaluate current approaches to monitoring forest state and change and discuss how it is used for emissions- and/or national forest reporting
  3. Identify key gaps and obstacles to operational (widespread) use
  4. Priority R&D and satellite data needs

All (1.5 hr) will meet after for reporting and consolidation: Synthesise progress and experiences for monitoring change in forest land

Day 3: Thursday June 9, 2016
Method session 4 – Monitoring tools, forest inventories and validation
09.00-10.30 Experiences from INCAS, Indonesia 

The Moja Initiative 

GValidation techniques 

Tom Harvey (GFOI Office)

Werner Kurz (Natural Resources Canada)

Ron McRoberts (US Forest Service)

Working Group session 3 – Validation of forest type and change products
10.50-12.00  Break out groups (1 hrs)

  1. Evaluate current approaches to validating forest types
  2. Discuss current GHG emissions estimation tools and use of large time-series datasets
  3. Identify key gaps and obstacles to operational (widespread) use
  4. How should guidance be formulated?
  5. Priority R&D and satellite data needs for countries in the region
Working Group session 3 continued…
13.00-14.30 All (1.5 hr) will meet after for reporting and consolidation: Synthesise progress and experiences for validating forest type and change products
Brainstorm session – the “ideal” EO-based system for forest monitoring
14.30-15.30 EO requirements for NFMS

Next-generation SAR systems 

Open discussion on the ideal satellite observation scenarios for national forest monitoring systems

  • Key observation requirements
  • Gaps in existing observation strategy
Michael Schmidt / Matt Hansen

Ake Rosenqvist (soloEO)

Plenary discussion and development of action plan
15.50-17.00
  • Identification of promising methods/technologies for forest type stratification and forest state for NFMS and MRV/REDD+
  • List of key gaps and obstacles to operational, widespread use
  • Actions to progress these methods to pre-operational / operational status
  • Identification of methods/technologies for future inclusion in the GFOI materials (MGD, modules) and GOFC-GOLD REDD Sourcebook
  • List of priority R&D and satellite data needs for countries in the region
Concluding discussions and meeting summary
17.00-17.30 At the conclusion of the WS it is anticipated the following outcomes will be met:

  • List of evolving needs from the international level and REDD+ countries for generating and reporting on specific forest types;
  • List of challenges on decision making and translating what is mapped in reporting;
  • Review of approaches to mapping nationally relevant forest types and characterising the forest state (e.g., degradation, regrowth);
  • Review of approaches for product validation and for the related uncertainty assessment in carbon emissions reporting;
  • List of important gaps and obstacles and opportunities for future improvements documented in an action plan for further R&D and demonstration activities.