INPE and UN-REDD Partnering to Develop National Forest Monitoring Systems
The Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE) and FAO recently met to further define next steps to support UN-REDD Programme partner countries in the set-up of their autonomous national forest monitoring systems.
The Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE) along with UN-REDD Programme as well as other programmes within FAO developing databases and information systems for countries participated in a one week technical meeting, from 16-20 May at FAO Headquarters in Rome, to define the start-up activities for establishing REDD+ information systems.
The meeting was a follow-up to the training carried-out in April 2010 of several UN-REDD Programme partner countries on the TerraAmazon platform used in Brazil for monitoring forest area changes in the Amazon. These meetings are part of the activities of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen in 2009 between INPE and FAO aimed at leveraging the UN-REDD Programme partner countries’ efforts in the operationalization of the monitoring system as part of the readiness phase for REDD+.
Start-up activities will include several case-studies for the establishment of national satellite forest monitoring systems, giving countries the opportunity to establish a REDD+information system and an autonomous satellite forest monitoring system. Activities will be carried out between FAO initiatives such as the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA), the UN-REDD Programme and INPE. This system will also be valuable as a tool to report greenhouse gas emissions following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Guidelines and Guidance. In their readiness process for REDD+, countries are required to have a robust and transparent national forest monitoring system for the monitoring and reporting of REDD + activities following COP Decision 1/CP.16 (I).
The proposed REDD+ information system will include a satellite forest monitoring system that will be integrated with the INPE software platform for the monitoring system, TerraAmazon, which consists of Geographic Information Systems, image processing, and database management functionalities.