WFC Side Event: Cost effective systems for multi-purpose national forest monitoring

The demand for information on landscapes including forests and other vegetation, agriculture, settlements and infrastructure has increased tremendously in recent years. As the international community is further developing mechanisms for implementing concrete, measurable and verifiable actions within the framework of global environmental conventions such as on climate change, biodiversity conservation and combatting desertification, there is a growing need for information on a wide range of ecological, social and economic aspects at the landscape scale including forests and trees.

Among existing environmental conventions, the climate change agenda has develop the most comprehensive national level monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) standards for tracking green-house gases (GHG) including those specifically designed for the land use and land use change forestry (LULUCF) sector. Besides forest assessments for forest sector planning, monitoring for REDD+ (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) which is closely related to MRV, aims to demonstrate in quantitative terms the levels of reduction in deforestation for purposes of obtaining financial rewards.

Based on these increasing demands for information to be monitored at the landscape level, conventional inventory and assessment systems which were originally designed for specific sectors (i.e. forestry, agriculture, wildlife conservation etc.) need to be revised and expanded. New and emerging technologies in remote sensing, field data collection, data processing and communication are being explored and – in combination with traditional inventory methods – adapted for use in multipurpose landscape assessment systems.

Research in this field has been very dynamic in recent years producing a wealth of new ideas and approaches including state-of-the-art technologies such as remote sensing, mapping, inventory design etc. as well as organisational and institutional aspects including inter-agency cooperation for data integration, community monitoring and capacity development. The challenge, particularly in the context of tropical and sub-tropical countries is how to make such comprehensive assessments most cost-effective while achieving desired international standards.

This session presents latest developments in inventory systems – employing a combination of aerial and terrestrial sampling – capable of accurately measuring biomass and timber stocks to monitor carbon dioxide emissions and removals from forest cover, as well as changes in forest structure resulting from forest management.

The challenge – particularly in the context of tropical and sub-tropical countries – is how to achieve desired international standards with such comprehensive assessments, while maximizing cost effectiveness.

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WFC 2015 in Durban

We organized a Side Event at the WFC and have been totally overwhelmed by the great response we got. Planned for 50 people we had to manage more than 70 people in our small room.

To all who tried to enter and could not: we are very sorry about that. Below you can find the presentations we gave – for any further questions please contact us > here

Download here the presentation of the ANRICA NFI-Methodology

Download here the presentation of the SBB NFI-Approach