Planet satellites boost FAO's forest monitoring technologies

01 October 2019

Anyone, anywhere can engage in forest monitoring with the new version of FAO’s geospatial platform SEPAL - System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring.

SEPAL 2.1 was presented at the Nature for Climate Hub in New York, an event held on the occasion of the United Nations Secretary General's Climate Action Summit.

Major updates to the platform include the ability to monitor forests from mobile phones and access to Planet's daily high-resolution imagery for eight countries - Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, and Mozambique. These forest countries are involved in results-based finance for carbon emission reductions through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Carbon Fund and BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes.

The platform has now reached more than 3 000 active users from 160 countries. Sign up here to be the next one.

The SEPAL project is hosted by GFOI partner FAO and funded by another GFOI partner in Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).

Read more: FAO press release.