GFOI 2023 Plenary

Rome, Italy, 9-11 May 2023

After three years of deferred, then cancelled and ultimately only virtual events, we are pleased to confirm that the GFOI Plenary is back as hybrid event in 2023. Read below for more information and REGISTER your interest in attending here.

The GFOI Plenary 2023 will take place from 9 to 11 May 2023 at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome and online.

The annual GFOI Plenary brings together the global community of practitioners who support tropical countries in forest monitoring and associated emissions Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) procedures. 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.

The overarching theme for the GFOI Plenary 2023 is the role of forest information in addressing climate change with the following sub-topics: REDD+, Nationally Determined Contributions, Restoration and Blue Carbon.

The Plenary is a collaborative event organized by the GFOI Office, as 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 participating international organizations, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the World Bank.

We will come back to approved participants with more information in the coming weeks, but for now please register your interest in attending and save the date.

Thank you for your interest!


The Plenary will be held at the FAO Headquarters, Viale Terme di Caracalla 100 Rome, Italy.


There are lots of accommodation options within walking distance from FAO Headquarters. The GFOI Office recommends the following list of hotels which are nearby:

There are also many other accommodation options available in Rome.

Please note that participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, unless your travel is being sponsored by the GFOI Office.


A draft agenda for the event will be available in the coming months.

Side events and Exhibition spaces (deadline: 31 January 2023)

The GFOI Plenary 2023 will feature side-events and exhibition spaces. They will be hosted by participant organizations and framed around the overarching theme and sub-topics.

If you are interested in hosting a side-event or exhibition space, you can apply by providing a short abstract while you are registering.


Registration (deadline: 31 January 2023)

Registration is mandatory to allow access to FAO Headquarters.

Due to ongoing social distancing measures, the final number of allowed physical participants will be likely limited. As such, we encourage you to submit your interest at your earliest convenience.

The information requested is for security purposes to gain access to FAO Headquarters and will be treated with the strictest of confidence.



Participants can request a personalized invitation by contacting the GFOI Office.

Visa applications

All participants are responsible for ensuring they are allowed to enter Italy, and where necessary, obtain entry and transit visas in advance of travelling. If you are in need of a letter to accompany your visa application, please  contact the GFOI Office directly via email.

Catering and activities

Participants will be provided with complimentary lunch as well as morning and afternoon coffee and snacks. An official dinner and an optional city tour are also foreseen. Participants will be responsible for organizing and paying for all other meals and refreshments.

Social media & Communications

For more updates, please follow GFOI on Facebook and Twitter. The Plenary hashtag will be #GFOI2023.


If you have any questions or clarifications please feel free to contact us: [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you in Rome!


GFOI Office, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations