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Expert Meeting on Forest Inventory Approaches for REDD+

At its headquarters in Rome on 31 May and 1 June 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) organized an expert meeting on forest inventory approaches for REDD+.


Fifteen international experts along with staff from FAO’s technical divisions participated in the meeting, along with experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. The meeting focused primarily on carbon monitoring and participants prepared a set of general guidelines and a list of specific technical recommendations for planning and implementing a multi-objective national forest inventory that can provide forest and land use and land use change information for REDD+ monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). The guidelines and recommendations are intended to help decision makers and inventory experts to establish long-term forest inventory systems that are grounded in sound practice and defensible scientific rigour. Experts noted that, in addition to field sampling, different kinds of remote sensing, optical satellite data, RADAR or Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) can provide important supplementary information for forest carbon monitoring and cited several articles illustrating the potential for using remote sensing data as a way of contributing to national forest inventories data and achieving REDD+ MRV mandates.

Participants also assessed the needs and opportunities for contributing to the UN's Climate Change Conference’s (UNFCCC) and IPCC’s preparation of methodological guidance for REDD+ MRV. During the discussions it was widely acknowledged that the information requirements for REDD+ activities and safeguards are consistent with information requirements for wider forest management objectives already carried out in many national forest inventories. These inventories were seen as having the potential to support reporting requirements and policy analyses related to REDD+ and forest and natural resources management. The 2006 IPCC guidance on preparing greenhouse gas inventories explicitly promoted the use of national forest inventories. Participants agreed that, given the long experience in the science and application of national forest inventories, it would be worthwhile for the UNFCCC to review this knowledge and its application for REDD+ monitoring.

In discussing ways of working together to provide countries with knowledge, advice and technical assistance to meet their REDD+ obligations, participants drafted a set of options for moving the process forward. The proposals included:

  • Making it a priority for FAO to formalize national forest monitoring (or national forest inventory) guidelines to include considerations for REDD+ MRV;
  • Making the results of the expert meeting available to the UNFCCC process through side events and/or submissions before the UNFCCC’s 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) in Durban; and
  • Convening an expert meeting in the IPCC work plan for 2012 that addresses national forest inventories.

Download the report of the Expert Meeting on Forest Inventory Approaches for REDD+.

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Looking ahead

Anti Corruption and REDD+ Community of Practice session in Latin America and the Caribbean
5-6 September, 2011: San Jose, Costa Rica

Dialogue on Forests, Governance & Climate Change
7-8 September, 2011: The Hague, Netherlands

UNEP FI webinar: Launch of "REDDy-Set-Grow-Part II
13 September, 2011: 9:00 and 16:00 GMT Click here to register

CBD Regional Workshop on safeguards and standards for REDD+
20-23 September, 2011: Cape Town, South Africa
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