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Year: 2007

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), at its twenty-sixth session, invited relevant organizations to submit to the secretariat, by 15 May 2007, information on existing and emerging assessment methodologies and tools; and views on lessons learned from their application; opportunities, gaps, needs, constraints and barriers; possible ways to develop and better disseminate methods and tools; and training opportunities. It requested the secretariat to compile these submissions into a miscellaneous document to be made available to the SBSTA by its twenty-seventh session. (FCCC/SBSTA/2006/11, para. 33). 2. The secretariat has received seven such submissions. In accordance with the procedure for miscellaneous documents, the five submissions received from intergovernmental organizations are attached and reproduced∗ in the language in which they were received and without formal editing. In line with established practice, the two submissions from accredited non-governmental organizations have been posted on the UNFCCC website at <>.

Year: 2006

At its 11th session, the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC invited parties and accredited observers to (i) submit views on issues related to reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries, focusing on relevant scientific, technical and methodological issues and the exchange of relevant information and experiences, including policy approaches and positive incentives and (ii) to make recommendations on any further process to consider these issues (decision FCCC/CP/2005/L.2). As a response to this invitation, FAO wishes to share information and experiences related to this subject and highlight the main issues that need to be considered in the further process. FAO has, since 1948, regularly assessed global forest area and area changes as a part of its efforts to contribute to a better and sustainable use of the world’s forests for a variety of products and services and to assist Member Countries in reducing food insecurity and rural poverty1 . In addition, FAO maintains a vast record of statistics, and is the official UN source for global statistics on agriculture, forestry, fisheries and land use, some of which are used as indicators for the Millennium Development Goals.

Year: 2006

The Global Terrestrial Observing System’s Panel on Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) held a workshop on Monitoring Tropical Deforestation for Compensated Reductions, at Jena, Germany on March 21-22, 2006. At the workshop GOFC-GOLD formed the ad hoc working group to provide technical guidance and support on remote sensing capabilities for monitoring tropical deforestation at the national level in the context of UNFCCC discussions on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries. The workshop considered current capabilities for monitoring deforestation and forest degradation at global and national levels utilizing satellite data and complemented by in situ validation. The major conclusion was that changes in forest area can be monitored through, such methodologies with confidence. The remote sensing and forestry communities represented at the workshop are ready to provide support on the development of guidelines that can be implemented at the national level The working group is preparing a report to assess technical capabilities for estimating emissions as input to the upcoming SBSTA meeting. 

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