The Global Forest Resources Assessment programme (FRA) of FAO is a continuously improving process; each assessment is an upgrade of the former one as the information needs change, new and better data become available and new methods and technologies can be applied. FRA has received technical guidance and support from international specialists through expert consultations organized by FAO, with the support of the Government of Finland, at regular intervals over the last three decades. This online expert consultation is of paramount importance for providing relevant input and guidance for the next FRA2025.
Virtual Plenary of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)
This is a collaborative event organised by the GFOI Office, hosted by FAO, on behalf of GFOI's Lead partners in the Governments of Australia, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, as well as the international organizations participating in the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the European Space Agency (ESA), the FAO and the World Bank.
GFOI is a voluntary partnership, which aims to coordinate international support in forest monitoring. Through collaborative action, GFOI supports tropical countries to develop National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) and associated emissions Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) procedures.
The annual GFOI Plenary is the biggest event on the GFOI's calendar. It brings together the global community of practitioners who support tropical countries in forest monitoring MRV. The Plenary aims to share information and ideas, review progress and identify new opportunities for helping countries to improve their forest monitoring capabilities to enable better forest management and ultimately the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Starting on day one the GFOI community will share their reflections from the past and what has learned from forest monitoring and MRV implementation over the past decade or more. On day two, we will then turn our minds to the present and the work of GFOI’s four components before concluding on day three with a look to the future and how the GFOI community can best support countries to meet their ongoing and emerging forest monitoring and MRV needs.
The event will include live interpretation for English, French and Spanish speakers.
Please register here.
WEBINAR - Open and Transparent Forest Data: Innovation and Technology for Climate Action
A key pillar of the Paris Agreement is the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF), which aims to raise ambitions for climate action through transparent country reporting. The development of National Forest Monitoring Systems with open and transparent data can enable action for forest and climate. In light of the climate emergency, it is time to scale up efforts toward accurate, open and transparent forest data, to catalyze higher ambitions under the Paris Agreement.
The FAO webinar “Open and Transparent Forest data: Innovation and Technology for Climate Action” will highlight global and national efforts in the field of forest monitoring that support the implementation of the ETF under the Paris Agreement.
Specifically, the webinar aims to:
- present the “Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector" (CBIT-Forest)” project and its contribution to the ETF under the Paris Agreement;
- present latest digital data sources and related dissemination innovations contributing to the Paris Agreement by promoting transparency and open data, and
- share experience from Bangladesh on data management and transparency.
The webinar will take place on Wednesday 11 November 2020, 14:30 – 16:00 CEST.
To join the webinar session on Zoom, kindly register here.
Please access further information on the webinar here.
A medida que finaliza el Decenio de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Biodiversidad 2011-2020 y los países se preparan para adoptar un marco de biodiversidad posterior a 2020, esta edición de El estado de los bosques del mundo (SOFO) examina las contribuciones de los bosques, y de las personas que los...
Este documento resume la consulta en línea Hacia una mejor información sobre los bosques primarios, que tuvo lugar en el Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición de la FAO (Foro FSN) del 11 al 25 de febrero de 2020. La discusión estuvo facilitada por Brendan Mackey y Patrick Norman...
La Evaluación de los recursos forestales mundiales (FRA, por sus siglas en inglés) de la FAO proporciona información esencial para comprender la magnitud de los recursos forestales mundiales, su estado, gestión y sus usos. Esta consulta en línea contribuye a mejorar la orientación y los métodos para la presentación de informes a nivel mundial que sean comparables respecto a la superficie de bosques primarios y sus cambios.
First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring
The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) has launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action.
The portal - the GFOI Inventory of Activities - is a one-stop shop with easy-to-access information on more than 400 forest monitoring activities in 70 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Users can search for information by country or region, by type of forest monitoring activities, and by donors.
"Collecting and disseminating better information on forests is vital for countries and the international community's efforts to take targeted and effective action on climate change," said Hiroto Mitsugi, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry.
The portal will help governments and donors identify gaps, share resources, avoid overlaps and explore opportunities for new partnerships to better address the challenges countries face as they develop their National Forest Monitoring Systems.
The portal displays information from the world's leading forest monitoring development partners, including national governments, development practitioners, space agencies and forestry experts.
It is an example of successful collaboration and open information sharing, which is essential in an era of global climate change as big geospatial data and other diverse and usable information becomes increasingly available.
You can access the portal here: http://www.fao.org/gfoi/activities?utm_source=all&utm_medium=all&utm_campaign=GFOI%20Inventory%20of%20Activities
Mainstreaming biodiversity in agriculture, fisheries and forestry for improved food security and better nutrition
This document summarizes the online consultation Mainstreaming biodiversity in agriculture, fisheries and forestry for improved food security and better nutrition held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 7 May to 1 June 2018. The online consultation aimed at...
Nearly three years ago, world leaders agreed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the central framework for guiding development policies throughout the world. This edition of The State of the World’s Forests is aimed at...
Worldwide, 795 million people go hungry every day. This figure could be reduced, benefiting millions of people, through the wider adoption and implementation of sustainable forest management as a key component of integrated landscape management, resulting in better protected ecosystem services, more...