Mongolia Starts Consultations on Action Plan for Forest Monitoring System for REDD+
Mongolia held a consultation workshop on its National Forest Monitoring System Action Plan from 19-20th November 2013 in Ulaanbaatar, gathering 60 national and international stakeholders from government, NGOs, academia and international organizations.
Mongolia became a partner country of the UN-REDD Programme in June 2011 and has quickly taken steps to start implementing REDD+ readiness activities. Through the UN-REDD Programme, Mongolia has received technical capacity building support from UNDP and FAO.
The support of the UN-REDD Programme team at FAO has focused on the development of Mongolia’s national forest monitoring system, which will allow the country to monitor forests and measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals related to forestry and is a key component of any country’s REDD+ infrastructure under the UNFCCC. In order to transparently plan and organize for the implementation of their national forest monitoring system, the Government of Mongolia is developing an Action Plan document that will set out the context, activities, arrangements, work plan and budget for its implementation. In recognition of the need for a wide consultative process in the development of such an Action Plan, the Government of Mongolia, with the support of the UN-REDD Programme team at FAO, convened a consultation workshop on Mongolia’s Action Plan for their National Forest Monitoring System for REDD+.
The consultation presented the international background and requirements for a national forest monitoring system for REDD+ under the UNFCCC, as well as the results of Mongolia’s efforts to date to build capacity to implement REDD+, including national and sub-national awareness raising and an economic study of the forest sector.
Presentations also moved into the current status and capacities of the individual components of Mongolia’s national forest monitoring system: remote sensing and GIS for forest monitoring (for the satellite land monitoring system), the national forest inventory and the national GHG inventory. Based on the background provided and the status of existing systems in Mongolia, break out groups discussed and presented the activities that should be included in the Action Plan document.
The material presented during the consultation and the recommendations from the discussion groups will form the basis of a second draft of Mongolia’s National Forest Monitoring System Action Plan, which will be distributed to relevant stakeholders in the first quarter of 2014.
The background documents presented during the meeting can be found here.