Virtual Plenary of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)
The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) invites you to attend the GFOI Plenary 2021, which will take place online from 7 to 9 September 2021, from 14:00 to 16:30 CEST each day.
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.
The State of the World’s Forests 2020
As the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011–2020 comes to a close and countries prepare to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, this edition of The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) examines the contributions of forests, and of the people who use and manage them, to the...
Towards improved reporting on primary forests
This document summarizes the online consultation Towards improved reporting on primary forests, held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 11 to 25 February 2020. The consultation was facilitated by Brendan Mackey and Patrick Norman from Griffith University...
Towards improved reporting on primary forests
A particular type of forests are the so-called primary forests, which are rich in native tree species, biodiversity while showing no visible indicators of human activities
FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment provides essential information for understanding the extent of the world’s forest resources, their condition, management and uses.
This online consultation contributes to improvements of guidance and methods for reporting comparable global information for primary forest area and its changes.
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...
The State of the World’s Forests
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...
Infographic: Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition
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...
HLPE Report - Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition
This report is an evidence-based, comprehensive analysis of the diverse, direct and indirect, contributions of forests and trees to food security and nutrition. Chapter 1 examines the linkages between forests and food security and nutrition and proposes, for the purpose of this report, a conceptual...