2017 Activities

GFOI Capacity Building Summit
September 19 - 21, 2017: Nepal
15th GFOI Regional Workshop on Forest Monitoring Exchange of Experiences in Latin America on Forest Coverage Mapping
February 23 - 24, 2017: Quito, Ecuador

Within the Framework of Cooperation of the Forest Observing Group (GFOI), the SilvaCarbon program has been working with the countries of the Americas (Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, and Colombia) since 2011 to develop technical capacities to monitor forest for monitoring and reporting of carbon emissions. Since 2011, 14 regional workshops have been developed focusing on themes relevant to forest monitoring. At the same time, the SilvaCarbon program, supported by universities in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, has transferred different methodologies using remote sensors for the continuous mapping of forest loss and gain. This workshop seeks to exchange the experiences of these countries in the implementation of different mapping methodologies as well as experiences in assessing the uncertainty of the estimation of the change in forest cover. The objective is to develop a lesson learned document that will guide countries that are starting the work of implementing a monitoring system, as well as providing Latin American countries with a forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge through the review of efforts In the past and guides for the future.

REDD+ Monitoring, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification workshop “Training the Trainers”
February 6 - 10, 2017: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

The performance-based climate mitigation framework REDD+ encourages the reduction of emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation, and removals through enhanced forest carbon stocks and improved forest management. These activities should be measured and reported to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which requires methodologies for estimating actual emissions and removals and for establishing the reference level. UNFCCC requests countries to build robust and transparent national forest monitoring systems to facilitate the measurement and reporting of forest related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, following the guidelines and guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Various training materials and tools are available that aim to support and facilitate country processes with the development of capacities for implementing a national system for monitoring forest area and area changes, the associated carbon stocks and changes; and for measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of REDD+ activities. To make these materials more accessible for countries and REDD+ / forest monitoring professionals, four (4) regional one week workshops are planned in three different continents: one in South-East Asia (in English), one in Latin America (in Spanish) and two in Africa (in French and English). The basic concept of these workshop is to “train the trainers”. A selected group of around 35 participants from countries in each region (2-3 per country) will attend with the aim of further disseminating the gained knowledge and insights and train other relevant people who are involved in REDD+ monitoring and reporting in their country, in order to further build their capacities.

The workshops will be jointly organized in close collaboration with the different training and capacity building initiatives from World Bank FCPF, GFOI, Silvacarbon, FAO/UN-REDD, REDD+ partnership, Wageningen University, GOFC-GOLD, and Boston University. Organization of the workshops will be under the coordinating leadership of Wageningen University.

The 2nd Regional Workshop on Forest Monitoring GEO-GFOI Methods for Biomass Estimation and Forest-Cover Mapping in the Tropics
January 30 - February 3, 2017: San Jose and Saeapiqui, Costa Rica

This workshop seeks to review methodologies associated with different sources of remote sensing used for biomass estimation, whether Landsat data, SAR data, or LiDAR. In addition to review critical issues associated with biomass estimation methods, such as field data available plots, uncertainty analysis of estimates, use of suitable algorithms, and use of metrics suitable for biomass models; it seeks to invite experts who have developed methodologies either with a sensor or multi-sensors for a comparative analysis on a regional scale. There are two parts to the workshop: a two-day meeting reviewing and discussing existing methods of biomass estimation, by a three-day field visit to gain field experience in a variety of biomass intensity settings.