Catalyzing change through forest monitoring - Lessons from Brazil, Cameroon and Southern Africa #GFOI2020 Series Webinar #5

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14 October 2020 - 14 October 2020

Date: 14 October

Time: 14:00-15:00 CEST

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GFOI partner the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is inviting to a discussion session on how forest monitoring can catalyze change on the ground by informing policy-making and enabling better forest management.

Diverse types of forest data and analyses contribute to solving problems in public policy and corporate activities. The FAO team has reviewed a large number of country cases to identify what types of forest monitoring are most suitable to inform decision-making and what constitutes an open window of opportunity for relevant information to enable change.

Thinking about impacts that the right approach to forest monitoring can create on the ground is timely. Investment in national forest monitoring systems (NFMS) over the past decade, often driven by REDD+ readiness, has enhanced the capacity of countries to produce accessible, transparent, reliable and credible data. Now is the right moment to leverage these investments towards impactful forest monitoring.

The event lays out success stories where forest monitoring contributed to reforming forest policy, reducing deforestation and enabling better forest management. The cases of Brazil, Cameroon and the WWF’s work on the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) in Southern Africa will be presented. The discussion among experts will focus on the opportunity at hand to replicate the lessons learned.

During the event, a newly produced FAO Working Paper #16: “Better data, better decisions – towards impactful forest monitoring” will be launched.


  • TED talk exploring the link between forest monitoring and problem solving to open the webinar (Till Neeff, FAO)
  • Panel discussion with
    • Paulo Moutinho, IPAM, Brazil
    • Aurélie Shapiro, WWF
    • Horline Njike, Epse Bilogue Mvogo, Juriste Environnementaliste, Cameroon
    • Christoph Kleinn, Göttingen University, Germany
  • Questions and answer with the audience

(Facilitation by Ashley Steel, FAO)


#GFOI2020 webinar series

This appointment is the fifth of the #GFOI2020 webinar series organized in lieu of the GFOI 2020 Plenary, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


For more information, please contact [email protected]