MRV Workshop in Mexico
The UN-REDD Programme, with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Mexican Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) are organizing a workshop to share experiences on measuring, reporting and verification of REDD+.
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During the three-day workshop entitled “Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV), a roadmap for implementation at the country level”, over 75 participants will gather in Guadalajara, Mexico from 22 to 24 June to discuss the current framework for MRV and review the needs of countries and their forest institutions to properly monitor forests and establish well-functioning MRV systems.
The workshop will also allow for members of UN-REDD Programme countries to share experiences in implementing MRV systems for REDD+ while identifying current challenges, bottlenecks and data issues. The main goal will be to identify best practices and relevant experiences that could be adapted and replicated by others.
The workshop will include a series of panels that will offer examples of ongoing methodological approaches to:
- Monitor land use changes focusing especially on forest land use changes
- Develop Green House Gas (GHG) inventories for forests
- Measure Reference Emission Levels (REL) and Reference Levels (RL)
- Estimate emission factors (carbon stock changes) by implementing solid national forest inventories
All methodological approaches to be presented during the panels comply with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance and reporting requirements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requirements.
During the panels, special attention will be given to the development of the use of satellite monitoring systems, remote sensing as well as linkages between National Forest Inventories and National GHG Inventories for forests.
The UN-REDD Programme is supporting countries to develop cost-effective, robust and compatible systems for MRV of emissions. Such systems are designed to use a scientific base, available technology – and most importantly - respond to national needs.
FAO’s soon-to-be-launched framework proposal for national MRV systems will reflect the most common and robust approaches currently used by Annex I countries. It will help countries to develop a National GHG Inventory to report on REDD+ activities. It will also provide countries the basis to strengthen in-country technical capacities in relevant institutions.
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