Collect Earth Online Training

International Partner(s): FAO,SERVIR,SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation
Date: 2017 - 2018

Collect Earth Online brings a desktop application online. It is a user oriented platform for collecting and analysing earth observation data. Collect Earth Online was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), SilvaCarbon, NASA-SERVIR, and the Spatial Informatics Group in FY17. Now that the platform is fully developed, SilvaCarbon efforts are focussed on technical assistance, training and outreach. This includes preparation of materials for regional or national-level training and direct technical support. The SilvaCarbon programme works with FAO and SERVIR to arrange co-funding opportunities. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)

Developing a database of capacities for Forest Monitoring

International Partner(s): GOFC GOLD
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation,Reporting and Verification
Date: 2019 - 2023

Working with the GFOI Registry of Tools to develop a database of available support for REDD+ MRV including relevant datasets/products, methods/tools and platforms. The database will also highlight the CALM level of maturity as assessed through GFOI's criteria to consistently assess levels of maturity approach.
More information: http://www.gofc-gold.wur.nl

Development of a Consolidated MRV Decision Support Tool

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2018

SilvaCarbon countries have received training in a variety of tools for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV). Feedback received indicates that a user-friendly, consolidated and annotated decision support tool would benefit counterparts as a first step in evaluating and understanding some of the options available. It will include an evaluation matrix to help stakeholders understand the limitations and benefits of each software option and the technical capacity needed. This tool would complement the comprehensive MDG and REDDcompass. The SilvaCarbon programme, in consultation with local counterparts and REDDcompass training facilitators, will prepare this list. It will then be shared with partners for their use and distribution. Note: the reported SilvaCarbon countries for this activity are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)

Development of a Consolidated MRV Decision Support Tool

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2018

SilvaCarbon countries have received training in a variety of tools for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV). Feedback received indicates that a user-friendly, consolidated and annotated decision support tool would benefit counterparts as a first step in evaluating and understanding some of the options available. It will include an evaluation matrix to help stakeholders understand the limitations and benefits of each software option and the technical capacity needed. This tool would complement the comprehensive MDG and REDDcompass. The SilvaCarbon programme, in consultation with local counterparts and REDDcompass training facilitators, will prepare this list. It will then be shared with partners for their use and distribution. Note: the reported SilvaCarbon countries for this activity are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)

Early Warning Systems for Rapid Detection of Illegal Logging

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon,World Resources Institute
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2019

The SilvaCarbon programme, the World Resources Institute and the University of Maryland will continue the partnership initiated in FY18 on early-warning systems in support of national-level measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems. With these partners, SilvaCarbon will explore new areas for collaboration, including:(1) Cloud cover: improve the integration of radar imagery with optical satellite imagery to address the challenge of cloud cover when assessing tree-canopy cover.(2) Platform integration: develop protocols for characterizing canopy disturbance in nested sampling areas through the integration of different remote sensing platforms. This approach would start with relatively low resolution imagery (e.g. Landsat) to identify potential disturbances in tree-canopy cover, and then use other higher-resolution sources (e.g. drones, radar) to better characterize the disturbances.(3) Automatization: identify algorithms for analysing satellite images that will trigger a human review of suspected areas of degradation based on changes in tree-canopy reflectance or other factors. SilvaCarbon will organize expert meetings and workshops to convene government, academia, and private sector counterparts to explore these three areas and identify specific interventions. These initial efforts are intended to serve as a catalyst, leading to larger-scale technical collaboration and innovation in each area.This activity will be supplemented by the DOS-funded Combatting Illegal Logging Program, which supports work on national systems, institutional arrangements, outreach, and coordination around Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) alerts.

Forest Monitoring R&D needs assessments

International Partner(s): GOFC GOLD
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation,Reporting and Verification
Date: 2015 - 2023

Maintaining an active dialogue with key actors to revise a list of priority research topics for GFOI. Current priority topics can be found here: http://www.gofcgold.wur.nl/documents/GFOI/GFOI_RD_Priorities_2019.pdf. Depending on funding availabiltiy, these topics will be addressed as part of GFOI's R&D Component activities.
More information: www.gofc-gold.wur.nl

Forest and Land Cover Tools Coordination Workshop

International Partner(s): FAO,Google Earth Engine,SERVIR,SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2019

"The currently available data sets on forest and land cover change in many developing countries are highly uncertain, and therefore constrain efficient and effective implementation of pay-for-performance mechanisms including Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). In addition, high-precision, high-resolution forest maps are a precondition for meaningful engagement in trusted private-sector initiatives. Different tools are being independently developed by different institutions to address country needs in this area. These include tools such as Collect Earth Online (developed through collaboration with SilvaCarbon, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, SERVIR and others), which are now able to visualize and collect data and land change generated in other tools such as LANDTRENDER and TimeSync. At the same time, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) has developed crowdsourcing land cover visualization and validation platforms such as geo-wiki, as well as an expert-based land cover validation tool called laco-wiki. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have developed platforms for remote-sensing sampling, and IIASA is currently developing the FotoQuest go and FRA Quest tools for ground-based validation, as well as tools to make use of Google Streetview. Tools based on machine learning (e.g. SEPAL, developed by FAO), or platforms that host algorithms for remote-sensing analysis (e.g. Google Earth Engine or GEE) that also include data collection for both area estimation and validation needs, must be sampled as optimally spatially distributed. BU and IIASA have developed sampling tools and protocols. However, these tools and associated activities are largely uncoordinated and are being developed partly in parallel. To address this concern, SilvaCarbon plans to host a targeted workshop designed to convene key programme partners in order to explore possible ways in which these tools might be linked, coupled, and eventually integrated into one land-information system."

GFOI-Related Research and Development

International Partner(s): GOFC GOLD,SilvaCarbon,Wageningen University
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: ongoing

SilvaCarbon will continue its active engagement in the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) research and development component while exploring new opportunities to enhance synergies between GFOI and SilvaCarbon research initiatives. The SilvaCarbon programme will continue to support the participation of SilvaCarbon-funded researchers and programme staff in GFOI research and development workshops led by the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) programme. While all of the areas of focus have not been defined, to allow for flexibility, some potential areas for continued work are accuracy assessments/uncertainty and forest landscape restoration monitoring. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

GFOI-Related Space Data Efforts

International Partner(s): CEOS,NASA,SilvaCarbon,USGS
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support,Measurement and Estimation
Date: ongoing

SilvaCarbon will maintain its ongoing efforts to facilitate connections between developing countries and the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Space Data Coordination Group (SDCG) with the objective of further linking the users of Earth Observation data with planners. The global programme will continue to sponsor representatives of developing countries to attend SDCG meetings to discuss their data-acquisition plans for their national forest monitoring system (NFMS) (16 countries have been sponsored to date). It will also continue to support countries' acquisition of commercial data through combined proposals to data providers, such as a past proposal granted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and Colombia to use the TanDEM-X satellite in ten deforestation "hot spots". The United States Geological Survey (USGS), based on agreement with the European Space Agency, will archive, process and deliver Landsat data, including Sentinel-1/2 data. In addition, SilvaCarbon will continue funding the development of tools produced by CEOS, such as the CEOS Visualization Environment (COVE) tool, which allows users to search satellite missions and generate reports of all available space data for forest monitoring. Finally, SilvaCarbon will support the provision of analysis-ready data to country partners who express a need for this data. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Global Climate Change Alliance +

International Partner(s): EU
Country Implementing Partner(s): All least developed countries and small islands development states benefiting from EU external aid support are eligible
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support

The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) support facility (SF) is developing a baseline of existing measurement, reporting and verification (MRV)-related support interventions and mechanisms, experiences and best practices, and methodological tools and training materials. The baseline will focus on requirements and methodologies applicable to non-Annex I Parties, hence including the group of SIDS and LDCs which are the traditional GCCA partner countries.
More information: http://www.gcca.eu

Global Forest Watch - providing independent global data on forest change

International Partner(s): World Resources Institute
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation
Date: 2014

Global Forest Watch (GFW) provides an independent source of information on tree-cover change globally. Some countries have modified this data to use as part of their measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems (e.g. through SilvaCarbon), while for others it serves more as an independent point of comparison. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Norway and other partners use GFW unofficially to compare with country-submitted data and ask for further clarification on numbers and methods provided by countries.

MRV support for REDD+, NFMS

International Partner(s): FAO,UN-REDD
Country Implementing Partner(s): AMEXCID, Ministries of Environment
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2019

A needs assessment based on the REDDcompass platform has been undertaken. During 2018-2019, a full package of an innovative capacity-development training for preparing the national greenhouse gas inventory for agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) of EMSA countries (plus Argentina, Ecuador and Peru) is being implemented.

NISAR Meeting

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation
Date: 2018 - 2018

SilvaCarbon and NASA organized a NISAR forest applications workshop. This workshop brought together remote sensing scientists using radar data, and end users to identify how to integrate NISAR into Forest Ecosystem Applications. The outcome of this workshop was to develop a roadmap for integration of SAR into decision support for high-priority and high-feasibility ecosystem applications, feasibility studies, challenges (e.g. working groups needed), information product development. The US Geological Survey (USGS) and SilvaCarbon supported the organization, communications and travel for government officials from Gabon.(Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

PYEO (Python for Earth Observation libraries)

International Partner(s): National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO),University of Leicester
Country Implementing Partner(s): IPB, RMSC, IDEAM, KFS, ECOSUR, National Defence University of Malaysia
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation,Reporting and Verification
Date: 2016

Development of python libraries to provide a set of portable, extensible and modular Python scripts for earth observation (with especial focus on Sentinel-2) and machine learning, including downloading, preprocessing, creation of base layers and classification

REDD+ Sourcebook

International Partner(s): GOFC GOLD
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation,Reporting and Verification
Date: 2015 - 2023

Developing and maintaining the REDD+ Sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring measuring and reporting.

Reporting for Results-based REDD+

International Partner(s): Norad,PWC (UK)
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation,Reporting and Verification

Reporting for Results-based REDD+ (RRR+) aims to support 14 tropical forest countries in their efforts to move towards systems of payment for performance in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). Specifically, the project aims to develop capacity for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the agriculture, forestry and other land-use sectors (AFOLU).

South-South Collaboration

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon
Country Implementing Partner(s): National Governments and other partners
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2019

The SilvaCarbon programme will support technical exchanges and sharing of forest monitoring knowledge, skills, and experience across countries and regions. South-South collaboration has proven very successful in strengthening forest monitoring capacities and is an important component of SilvaCarbon global programming. This activity may include travel support for experts from one country to provide technical assistance to another, intensive in-country training for multicountry delegations (i.e. study tours), multi-country working sessions focused on a particular topic (e.g. possible exchange on peatland carbon between Central Africa and Indonesia), or exchange of information at regional or international meetings (e.g. SilvaCarbon session at Global Forest Observations Initiative Plenary).
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Testing and demonstrating forest change detection algorithms

International Partner(s): GOFC GOLD
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation,Reporting and Verification
Date: 2019 - 2022

Testing and demonstration of the BFAST forest change algorithm and Sentinel-1 based Near-Real Time alerting system in different tropical regions, and showcasing these results in 5 regional workshops.

The Global Peatlands Initiative: Assessing, Measuring and Preserving Peat Carbon

International Partner(s): FAO,Greifswald Mire Centre,UN Environment
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation
Date: 2018 - 2021

Effective policies, improved methods, data and tools to support sustainable peatland management are made available globally and initiatives toward protection, conservation, restoration and sustainable use are well coordinated and implemented by key actors in the pilot countries of Republic of Indonesia, Peru, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo with results that can be upscaled and extended to other countries. Capacities developed and data made available to pilot countries for integration of peatlands into planning and monitoring processes. Contribute to an updated overall assesment of the status of peatlands and their importance in the global carbon cicle.

Argentina

Training on Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT)

International Partner(s): Moja Global,SilvaCarbon,UNFCCC
Country Implementing Partner(s): Magyp; Inta
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support
Date: 2019 - 2019

Workshop to the Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT), focusing on a systemic approach to MRV, using IPCC Approach 3, and integration of various data sets, Participants reviewed their national land sector policies to determine the minimum requirements for their national MRV systems and checked what improvements are required.

Argentina

Training on Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT)

International Partner(s): AMEXCID,CONAFOR,Moja Global,SilvaCarbon,USAID,USFS,World Bank FCPF
Country Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of Environment
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support
Date: 2018 - 2018

Workshop to the Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT), focusing on a systemic approach to MRV, using IPCC Approach 3, integration of various data sets, operationalisation and governance. Participants reviewed their national land sector policies to determine the minimum requirements for their national MRV systems and checked what improvements are required.

Armenia

Armenia Forest Atlas

International Partner(s): World Resources Institute
Country Implementing Partner(s): The Ministry of Nature protection
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Policy and Design Decisions
Date: 2018 - 2021

The World Resources Institute has started to work with the Government of Armenia to create a "Forest Atlas", with information on forest land ownership from multiple ministries.

Azerbaijan

Azerbadjian Forest Atlas

International Partner(s): World Resources Institute
Country Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Policy and Design Decisions
Date: 2018 - 2021

The World Resources Institute has started to work with the Government of Azerbaijan to create a "Forest Atlas", with information on forest land ownership from multiple ministries.

Azerbaijan

Forest Resources Assessment

International Partner(s): FAO,GEF
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: ott-17 - dic-20

Forest Resources Assessment and Monitoring to Strengthen Forestry Policy and Knowledge Framework

Benin

GEOFORAFRI - Capacity building and access to earth observation satellite data for monitoring forests in Central and Western Africa

International Partner(s): France,Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD)
Country Implementing Partner(s): Direction Generale des Eaux, Forets et Chasse (DGEFC), Ministère de l’Environnement Chargé de la Gestion des Changements Climatiques, du Reboisement et de la Protection des Ressources Naturelles et Forestières
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support,Multiple
Date: gen-12 - dic-17

The specific objective of the project was to facilitate the adoption of earth observation techniques and ensure the methodological and technological know-how within central African countries, which will enable local institutions to carry out forest cover monitoring according to the international guidelines required to participate and benefit from the REDD+ mechanisms and funding. The main components of the project were: 1. Ensure the provision of earth observation satellite data and processing tools in a sustainable way, based on to the African countries' needs to implement national forest monitoring according to the REDD+ guidelines and requirements;2. Strengthen the local capacities of public/private institutions and civil society organisations, which have developed internal capacities in the use of earth observation satellite data and are willing to contribute to information production required in terms of forest monitoring;3. Support the production of forest cover and forest cover change maps in several central African countries in relation to their needs for the implementation of MRV systems in the framework of REDD+ mechanism, and in relation to the ongoing initiatives and programs in this domain;4. Support the definition of research programs in the field of earth observation and the strengthening of research institutions networks, and facilitate north-south and south-south partnerships;5. Contribute to the coordination of existing and emerging initiatives in the field of earth observation for REDD+ in central Africa, and facilitate the participation of these countries to the major international initiatives, such as GEO and GMES for Africa.

Benin

OSFACO - Observation Spatiale des Forets d'Afrique Centrale et de l'Ouest

International Partner(s): CNES,France,IGN,IGN FI,Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD)
Country Implementing Partner(s): Direction Generale des Eaux, Forets et Chasse (DGEFC), Ministère du Cadre de Vie et du Developpement Durable (MCVDD)
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: apr-16 - dic-19

The OSFACO project aims to improve the knowledge of past and current dynamics in terms of land use and land use change in 8 countries of Central and Western Africa, based on Earth observation data and tools. Building on the results and achievements of previous support projects (OSFT, GEOFORAFRI), OSFACO strengthen and expand local expertise and ownership of satellite imagery in the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies for sustainable land management . The main areas of intervention are : 1. Provision of recent high resolution SPOT6/7 satellite images, as well as SPOT archive images, on the participant countries, for all users involved in sustainable land use and sustainable forest management2. Support for local production of land use and land use change maps; technological transfer to update these data3 Capacity building and resources for spatial land monitoring and promoting the use of satellite imagery in the design and monitoring of public policies (training and pilot projects) Recipient countriesThe project benefits in 3 countries of Western Africa (Guinea, Ivory Coast and Benin) and 5 countries of Central Africa (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo and Gabon)
More information: http://www.osfaco.org/

Benin

Training on Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT)

International Partner(s): Moja Global,SilvaCarbon,UNFCCC
Country Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of Environment
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support
Date: 2019 - 2019

Workshop to the Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT), focusing on a systemic approach to MRV, using IPCC Approach 3, and integration of various data sets, Participants reviewed their national land sector policies to determine the minimum requirements for their national MRV systems and checked what improvements are required.

Bangladesh

Above Ground Biomass Equations and Tree Species List

International Partner(s): FAO,SilvaCarbon
Country Implementing Partner(s): Bangladesh Forest Department
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2017 - 2018

The United States Forest Service (USFS) will support the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partner universities as they develop aboveground biomass equations and tree species lists. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Bangladesh National Forest Inventory

International Partner(s): FAO,USAID
Country Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation
Date: 2015 - 2019

The project aims to strengthen the forest monitoring system of Bangladesh. This contributes to both the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) context, the production of data required for international agreements, and support to forest policy and land management. The project will promote modern methods and technologies while ensuring the necessary conditions for building innovations that are adapted, adopted and feasible.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh UN-REDD National Programme

International Partner(s): UN-REDD
Country Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support
Date: 2015 - 2019

Through the Bangladesh UN-REDD national programme, the Bangladesh Forest Department, supported by FAO, will establish a forest reference level as a benchmark against which future forest carbon emission reductions and removals will be measured, so that the performance of the country in implementing a  Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) programme can be measured, reported and verified. FAO will also support the implementation of a national forest monitoring system (NFMS) for Bangladesh.
More information: http://www.un-redd.org/

Bangladesh

Bangladesh – PEER Forest Monitoring Research

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2017 - 2018

SilvaCarbon-Bangladesh contributed funding to support a Bangladeshi scientist who, through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) programme, is conducting research on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for forest-cover monitoring in Bangladesh. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Collaborative Research on Priority Silvacarbon Topics

Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support

SilvaCarbon has funded eleven research proposals addressing key issues in forest and terrestrial carbon measurement, monitoring, and management. Proposals were selected based on their applicability to the needs of SilvaCarbon country partners and their potential to contribute to capacity-building. These research projects were completed in 2017. The SilvaCarbon Program continues to compile and distribute research findings. In the SilvaCarbon Program "research" refers to analyses that respond directly to the specific technical needs and capacity gaps of SilvaCarbon partner countries, and that may also apply more broadly to other developing countries. In 2018, the SilvaCarbon Program will partner with other technical experts to conduct applied research on key SilvaCarbon topic areas. Some possibilities include monitoring forest restoration, optimizing sample designs and plot considerations for remote sensing, approaches linking forest degradation data definitions with remotely-sensed data, and estimating emissions factors. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon Program. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Design of a remote sensing methodology for forest and forest change detection, tailored to the national context

International Partner(s): FAO,SilvaCarbon
Country Implementing Partner(s): Bangladesh Forest Department
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2017 - 2018

Processing time-series Landsat data and acquiring and pre-processing RapidEye and Sentinel-2 imagery. Given the landscape heterogeneity of Bangladesh, a systematic comparison and validation of Landsat-derived products using RapidEye and Sentine- 2 data is important in evaluating the performance of Landsat. Another possible activity would include the integration of forest-inventory data on carbon stocks from United States Forest Service (USFS)-led SilvaCarbon work with Landsat-derived forest-area change data to assess aboveground carbon stock dynamics. New research efforts meant to more formally assess the potential gains and limitations of remotely sensed data sets will include a study of Bangladesh forest cover extent and change using RapidEye data. Through an agreement with Planet, the owner of RapidEye data, we can obtain access to the entire archive over Bangladesh for a fee. Given this access, we would assess forest-cover change in the 2010 to present period, quantifying the value-added information from 5 m spatial resolution data compared with 30 m spatial resolution data. Additionally, 20 m Sentinel-2 data will be similarly evaluated. Carbon stock change assessment would follow methods in peer-reviewed literature developed by the University of Maryland team. In summary, carbon stock strata are derived and combined with forest area change data using Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) good guidance practices. Results would be gross and net aboveground carbon stock change over a defined period, probably 2000-2016. Work would include a probability-based field assessment of change, with timing TBD.(Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Design the field forms and field guides/manual describing the approach and technique for data collection

International Partner(s): FAO,SilvaCarbon
Country Implementing Partner(s): Bangladesh Forest Department
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2017 - 2018

This activity would focus on providing a refresher course for field supervisors and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) leads. This training would incorporate lessons learned and improvements identified from the first 2016-2017 field inventory season, and train any newly assigned staff. This would be recommended to the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) as an annual national forest inventory (NFI) training. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Expert Consultation on Forest Landscape Restoration Monitoring

Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support

The SilvaCarbon Program will convene an Expert Consultative Workshop on Monitoring Forest Landscape Restoration in support of international, national, and subnational FLR activities. The workshop will explore processes and technologies for developing integrated FLR monitoring systems, as part of broader, existing, forest and landscape monitoring systems. Emphasis will be on monitoring at larger, landscape or national scales. This workshop supports efforts to facilitate national monitoring of Bonn Challenge commitments and the priority actions identified in the collaborative roadmap for monitoring forest landscape restoration that came out of the Drylands and Forest Landscape Restoration Monitoring Week in Rome, in April 2016. This workshop will bring together forest and restoration monitoring communities, including REDD+ monitoring researchers, international cooperation agencies collaborating on forest monitoring, and national practitioners. Expected outcomes of the workshop include: Compilation of best practices for developing integrated FLR monitoring systems Matrix compiling tools and technologies for FLR monitoring Workshop report, which will include understanding of gaps and next steps resulting from the workshop discussions (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon Program. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Follow-on technical assistance to support the uptake of methods and skills introduced in regional workshops

International Partner(s): FAO,SERVIR-HKH,SERVIR-Mekong,SilvaCarbon,Various regional partners
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support,Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2019

To ensure that SilvaCarbon-supported activities and products are fully integrated into related national initiatives, SilvaCarbon will deliver targeted, bilateral assistance as a follow-up to regional workshops in Asia (including regional activities from previous years and proposed FY19 regional activities). Priority will be given to technical requests that demonstrate clear links to broader efforts at national level, such as access to climate funding, and activities that ensure collaboration with other programmes, such as SERVIR-Mekong, SERVIR-HKH, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Follow-up technical assistance may take various forms, including “details” or short-term assignments of USG technical experts to work alongside in-country partners to tackle a technical challenge, small group hands-on training sessions, and webinars and backstopping support. Potential examples include: (1) collaborating with SERVIR hubs to train government representatives in different aspects of the regional land-cover monitoring system (RLCMS); (2) country-level technical assistance as a follow-up from regional workshops/training; (3) other opportunities as they emerge, e.g. providing technical support to Cambodia in the area on integrating remote-sensing and field-inventory data, if funding of national forest inventory (NFI) activities is approved in 2019.
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Follow-up Webinar on Open Source Change Detection

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2019

During the regional SilvaCarbon training on change detection conducted at the end of March, participants from South and Southeast Asia identified two priority topics for further capacity-building support: the mapping of agricultural crops, and working with radar data. While both of these topics will require hands-on training, SilvaCarbon and the United States Forest Service (USFS) Geospatial Technology and Applications Center (GTAC) began the process by sharing some promising approaches in the form of video demonstrations and exercises. Those materials are available here. On 3 July a video conference with GTAC trainers was held to review the materials and discuss practical applications in the context of Cambodia. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Forest Inventory Sampling Design and Methodology

International Partner(s): FAO,SilvaCarbon
Country Implementing Partner(s): Bangladesh Forest Department
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2017 - 2018

This task focused on designing the forest inventory and was completed during fiscal year 2016. The activity featured the following: (1) use of the Design Tool for Inventory and Modeling (DTIM) to decide which field variables need to be collected on the plots; (2) use of the Forest Resource Inventory, Edit and Design Tool (FRIED) tool to guide the process of choosing an appropriate sampling intensity and selecting an initial field plot design; and (3) discuss the use of pre- and post-stratification to improve accuracy and precision of desired estimates. This activity includes ongoing technical support for the forest inventory sampling design and methodology. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

GFOI-Related Research and Development

Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support
Date: ongoing

SilvaCarbon will continue its active engagement in the GFOI Research and Development component while exploring new opportunities to enhance synergies between GFOI and SilvaCarbon research initiatives. The SilvaCarbon Program will continue to support the participation of SilvaCarbon-funded researchers and Program staff in GFOI research and development workshops led by the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) program. While all of the areas of focus have not been defined, to allow for flexibility, some potential areas for continued work are accuracy assessments / uncertainty and forest landscape restoration monitoring. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon Program. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Regional GFOI Workshop

International Partner(s): FAO,SERVIR Hubs,SilvaCarbon,USGS
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Reporting and Verification
Date: 2018 - 2019

Aligning reporting from the agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sector under Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) and the national greenhouse gas inventory is an important prerequisite for accessing results-based payments. Countries in the region, making progress towards harmonizing the different data sets, are faced with a number of technical and institutional challenges. While many of the key decisions related to data alignment are made at national level, countries can benefit from sharing related experience, progress, challenges and resources. This workshop will discuss operational approaches that can help with data alignment, and bring together senior-level decision-makers, paired with experienced technical staff directly involved in measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) processes. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), FCPF, and other partners such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), will collaborate on the workshop organization and opportunities for follow-up activities at country level.
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Regional GFOI Workshop on Selected Technical Topic (to be defined)

International Partner(s): FAO,SERVIR Hubs,SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2019

A second regional Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) workshop took place in 2018, which aimed to address emerging technical issues that countries are identifying as they progress withtheir national mapping efforts. Potential topics included statistical analysis and accuracy assessment of change estimates, data management, etc. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Regional Training on Forest Landscape Restoration Planning and Monitoring for Meeting National Targets and International Commitments

International Partner(s): FAO,IUCN,SERVIR-Mekong,SilvaCarbon,Universities, NGOs and private sector working on restoration
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2018

Building on the key findings and recommendations from the global SilvaCarbon programme's technical workshop on monitoring forest restoration (December 2017), the Asia Regional SilvaCarbon programme conducted a one-week, hands-on training for a mix of remote-sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) specialists from forestry agencies from selected countries in South and Southeast Asia. The training will help partner agencies to address their mandates for planning and monitoring large-scale restoration efforts, by sharing tools and methods for long-term monitoring, e.g. time series, spatial modelling, etc. The training will be planned in close consultation with senior forestry officials responsible for planning and monitoring forest restoration efforts, in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and SERVIR-Mekong, and partners such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC). (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

SilvaCarbon NASA-UMD Fellow

International Partner(s): SilvaCarbon
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2018 - 2018

Under the SilvaCarbon-NASA Fellowship Program, a Bangladeshi scientist has been working alongside scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the University of Maryland to conduct remote-sensing research focused on detecting trees outside of forests in urban areas in Bangladesh. She completed the three-month fellowship in July before returning to Bangladesh to undertake a six- to eight-week follow-up project, which will transfer knowledge to the Bangladesh Forest Department to support the country's national forest monitoring system (NFMS). (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Support Remote Sensing Reaserch in Forestry

International Partner(s): FAO,NASA,SilvaCarbon
Country Implementing Partner(s): Bangladesh Forest Department
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2017-2018 - 43344

In this phase of the SilvaCarbon-Bangladesh programme, in addition to research activities, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) increased its direct collaboration and capacity-building activities with counterparts in Bangladesh. NASA reached out to groups in Bangladesh working in this area, such as Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh Society of Geoinformatics (BSGI), Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO), among others, to explore new areas for research and collaboration. NASA continued to focus on remote sensing in forestry research and processing TanDEM-X and other space-borne imagery for forest carbon estimation research. Research to generate data sets for the national forest monitoring system (NFMS), such as height maps for forest inventory stratification, was also conducted during this phase.NASA collaborated with counterparts in Bangladesh on joint publications and research projects. NASA scientists participated in international conferences to present the results of NASA-led research collaboration. NASA will also work with SilvaCarbon-Bangladesh coordinators to facilitate the participation of counterparts from Bangladesh in the conferences.NASA will continue to focus on remote sensing in forestry research and processing TanDEM-X and other space-borne imagery for carbon estimation research. Research to generate data sets for the NFMS, such as height maps for forest inventory stratification, will be conducted during this phase. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Technical Training – SilvaCarbon Tools for Forest Monitoring

International Partner(s): FAO,SilvaCarbon
Country Implementing Partner(s): Bangladesh Forest Department
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Multiple
Date: 2017 - 2018

University of Maryland technical staff to coordinate with and participate in all Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) training workshops using land-cover monitoring tools such as Collect Earth. In addition, annual training workshops are proposed to make operational national-scale annual forest-cover change updates using Landsat data. Updated annual Landsat time-series imagery will be provided and a two- to three-week workshop performed. Workshops should be held in March of each year. For 2017, the work will include a 2015-2016 update of forest-cover change. This task will be performed by two visitors from the BFD during a visit to UMD. A 2018 workshop to for 2017 forest cover change is also proposed to be held in Bangladesh. After the programme's conclusion, the only requirement would be the delivery of new updated Landsat imagery for use by BFD staff. (Note: This activity is listed in the FY18 work plan for the SilvaCarbon programme. Please communicate with the point of contact listed to find out the status and results of the activity.)
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Bangladesh

Training in TimeSync Remote Sensing Sampling Tool to Improve Classifications of Land Cover Classes for GHG Inventory

International Partner(s): FAO,SERVIR-Mekong,SilvaCarbon,USFS,USGS
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation
Date: 2018 - 2019

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Center, and Google Earth Engine (GEE) will deliver regional training in the use of the TimeSync remote-sensing sampling tool, that can be used in combination with Collect Earth to improve land-cover classifications.
More information: https://www.silvacarbon.org

Belize

Strengthening of the forest data management and analysis process for making decisions.

International Partner(s): CCAD,GIZ,REDD+ Regional Program,Selva Maya Program
Country Implementing Partner(s): Belize Forest Department / Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration of the Government of Belize
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: Institutional Arrangements
Date: 2019 - 2020

A integrated data-analysis tool will be built within the forest information system (FIS) to support decision-making. It will allow data to be read from different sources (online database, spreadsheets, geographic data, etc.) through automated processes and will be presented as dashboards showing data from the FIS and other external data sources. As part of the process the formation of a central data-management team will be strengthened, as well as the definition of protocols and institutional arrangements for their management.

Belize

Training on Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT)

International Partner(s): Moja Global,SilvaCarbon,UNFCCC
Country Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of Environment
Geographic scope: Global
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support
Date: 2019 - 2019

Workshop to the Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT), focusing on a systemic approach to MRV, using IPCC Approach 3, and integration of various data sets, Participants reviewed their national land sector policies to determine the minimum requirements for their national MRV systems and checked what improvements are required.

Belize

Training on Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT)

International Partner(s): AMEXCID,CONAFOR,Moja Global,SilvaCarbon,USAID,USFS,World Bank FCPF
Country Implementing Partner(s): Ministry of Environment
Geographic scope: Regional
REDDcompass Theme: All - holistic support
Date: 2018 - 2018

Workshop to the Full Lands Integration Tool (FLINT), focusing on a systemic approach to MRV, using IPCC Approach 3, integration of various data sets, operationalisation and governance. Participants reviewed their national land sector policies to determine the minimum requirements for their national MRV systems and checked what improvements are required.

Brazil

Biomass mapping of the Cerrado biome

International Partner(s): Carbomap,Ecometrica,National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO),University of Leicester
Country Implementing Partner(s): IPAM, INPE, Universisdade estatual de Goia, Universidade federal de Goias, UnB, Paisagens Sustentaveis
Geographic scope: National
REDDcompass Theme: Measurement and Estimation,Reporting and Verification
Date: 2016

Developing methods and capacity to map aboveground biomass at national level using machine learning techniques and combination of different sensors. The activity involves co-development of methods/algorithm and capacity building.
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