GFOI 2021 Plenary - Agenda

Day 1: progress to date and lessons learned for the future


Time (CEST)


Welcome and introductions

14:00 – 14:10

GFOI Office

Key Note Address


High level address focusing on progress made in forest monitoring and MRV in recent times, including challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic


14:10 – 14:20

Mette Wilke,


Forestry Division




REDD+ progress to date under the UNFCCC

Presentation on the progress made in REDD+ submission to the UNFCCC, including results and FRELs/FRLs and results


14:20 – 14:30

Dirk Nemitz,

UNFCCC Secretariat



GFOI update 2020-21

Presentation of GFOI’s activities and major deliverables over the past two years since the last Plenary in April 2019, including new activities and developments such as MGD3.0, REDDcompass 2.0, Registry of Tools, Open MRV TIME, NICFI High Resolution Data and other


14:30 – 14:40

Nikki Fitzgerald,

Chair of the GFOI Leads Group (Australia)


Tom Harvey,

Manager, GFOI Office


14:40 – 14:50

Moderator GFOI Office

Looking back to shape the future


Panel discussion

A panel discussion to reflect on the previous presentations and how these lessons learned can shape the future forest monitoring and MRV implementation by tropical countries with support from the GFOI community

14:50 – 16:20


Marco van der Linden and
Andres Espejo (World Bank)


Rob de Ligt (Mullion) and Philippa Lincoln (LTS)

Julian Fox (FAO)

Martin Herold (Wageningen University)


Rob de Ligt, Mullion

Philippa Lincoln, LTS

Julian Fox, FAO

Martin Herold, Wageningen University

Nasheta Dewnath


Yitebitu Moges, Ethiopia

Raphael Linzatti, Germany

Nikki Fitzgerald, Australia

Wrap up and close for the day

16:20 – 16:30

GFOI Office


Day 2: consultations on the four GFOI components


Time (CEST)


Welcome and Day 2 overview


14:00 – 14:05

GFOI Office


An update on each component’s progress over the past two years and forward plans, including highlighting the topics for discussion and consultation during the following breakout sessions (10mins each)


GFOI component update

·         Capacity Building

·         Data

·         MGD

·         R&D Coordination

14:05 – 14:45


Sylvia Wilson, US co-Lead to GFOI



Sylvia Wilson and
Inge Jonckheere (FAO)

Sara Goeking (USFS)

Maria Jose Sanz Sanchez (AG) and
Nikki Fitzgerald (Aus)

Martin Herold and Sarah Carter (WUR)



14:45 – 15:00


Sylvia Wilson, US co-Lead to GFOI

Break out groups


Component consultations

Participants break out in to four separate virtual rooms for targeted consultations on priorities issues for each component. Component Managers to set the agenda for each consultation but these issues could include: component objectives, functions, structure, priority activities, partners, interlinkages and any other relevant issues


15:00 – 16:00

Each session moderated by Component Managers

Break and buffer for extended consultations

16:00 – 16:10


Report back


Summary of break out group discussions, common themes and emerging issues.


16:10 – 16: 30

Moderator: Sylvia Wilson, US co-Lead to GFOI


Speakers: Component Managers

Wrap up and close for the day


GFOI Office


Day 3: emerging issues and priorities for the future


Time (CEST)


Welcome and Day 3 overview

14:00 – 14:05

GFOI Office

Panel discussion


REDD+ monitoring: many different needs but a consistent approach is key!


A panel discussion and Q&A on the many different reporting forums and data needs of tropical countries and the importance of coordination and consistency in monitoring approaches.

14:05 – 15:00


Maria Jose Sanz Sanchez, Chair, MGD Advisory Group



Dirk Nemitz,

UNFCCC Sec (5 mins)


Andres Espejo,

FCPF (5 mins)


Petteri Vuorinen,

GCF (5 mins)


Manuel Estrada,

Verra (5 mins)


Felipe M Casarim,

ART TREES (5 mins)


Ellen Bruzelius Backer,

Norway - reflections from donors (10 mins)


Alfred Rungol,

PNG (10 mins)


TBC, Peru (10 mins)


15:00 – 15:20


Open plenary discussions


Opportunity for open Q&A on any GFOI relevant matters


15:20 – 15:50


Evan Notman, US co-Lead to GFOI

Key findings and next steps

15:50 – 15:55

GFOI Office

Closing remarks

15:55 – 16:00

Chair, GFOI Leads Group