Forest data and transparency: ‘Zoom’ in on Costa Rica’s experience - Webinar #3

21 July 2020 - 21 July 2020

#GFOI2020 Series – Webinar #3

GFOI’s partner the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing a Webinar on 21 July 2020 to learn more on Costa Rica’s impressive efforts to monitor and conserve their forests.

This will be the third webinar in the #GFOI2020 webinar series, which aims to foster the international community of forest monitoring practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register here to participate. You can now watch the recording here.

The event will “zoom” in on Costa Rica’s national system for monitoring land cover, land use and ecosystems SIMOCUTE (Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo de la Cobertura y Uso de la Tierra y Ecosistemas), which facilitates the collection, integration, management, and dissemination of national-scale environmental data and information.

SIMOCUTE has been under development since 2015 through a participatory and interinstitutional process led by the National Center for Geo-environmental Information (CENIGA: Centro Nacional de Información Geoambiental), which involved forty national institutions from government, academia and the private sector.

Ten international organizations provide technical and/or financial support to SIMOCUTE, including GFOI partners the FAO and the US SilvaCarbon programme .

SIMOCUTE has been highlighted in a recent FAO case study. The webinar will feature presentations on the case study and SIMOCUTE, followed by a discussion and will conclude with the key messages of this work.

Read more here.

Welcoming remarks and introduction: Lucio Santos, LAC REDD+ Coordinator (FAO)          


  • Presentation 1 Ms. Rocío Cóndor-Golec, FAO/GEF CBIT-Forest global project
  • Presentation 2 Mr. Rafael Monge-Vargas, CENIGA, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Q&A session

Closing remarks: Julian Fox, National Forest Monitoring Team Leader (FAO)          

Moderator: Khalil Walji, Capacity development specialist (FAO)

The webinar and the case study are conducted in the framework of the project “Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest)” funded by the Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) trust fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).