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Working Group on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
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The GOFC-GOLD REDD working group was initiated in 2005 in response to discussions in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) regarding Reduced Emissions from Tropical Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). The working group provides an independent expert forum for international cooperation and communication to formulate scientific consensus and provide technical input to UNFCCC discussions and implementation activities.

The working group organizes REDD expert workshops, contributes to related UNFCCC/Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) side events and Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) submissions, and is engaged in REDD demonstration activities. The working group has developed the “Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring, Measuring and Reporting on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Developing Countries”. The Sourcebook provides explanation, clarification, and methodologies to support REDD early actions. It compliments the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) good practice guidelines for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF).

The working group is assessing monitoring capacities and is helping countries to develop REDD relevant national monitoring systems. Technical progress and innovative observation technologies are regularly synthesized to support operational use in national forest monitoring.

The REDD working group is coordinated by the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover project office located in The Netherlands.

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