·       María J. Sanz (Basque Centre for Climate Change) - The role of forest information in addressing climate change


GFOI and its components

·       Nikki Fitzgerald (Australian Government, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water), Methods and Guidance Documentation Component

·       Sara Goeking (US Forest Service) and Chris Barnes (US Geological Service) - Data Component - History, Overview and Current Priorities

·       Thomas Harvey (GFOI) - Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) - Overview and Components


Country Sessions - Operational Systems


Side events Day 1

1.      The Aim4Forests Programme and its approach to Country-Led Planning

·        Ellie Peneva-Reed (GFOI) - Country-Led Planning - Nationally Enabled Ambitions

·        Marieke Sandker (FAO) - Overview of Aim4Forests - Accelerating Innovative Monitoring for Forests

·        Merceline Ojwala (Kenya) - Updating Reference level in Kenya

·        Rocio Condor (FAO) - Delivering results under AIM4Forests: SEPAL online facilitated course

2.      Myths, realities, and solutions towards high-integrity forest carbon credits

3.      Shifting the Climate for Women Engagement in Climate Action

4.      GFOI R&D Priorities – Refinement and Current Developments





·       Kevin R Brown (Wildlife Conservation Society) - Realizing the promise of REDD

·       Marieke Sandker (FAO) - Country progress in Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV)

·       Muri Soares (Mozambique) - Mozambique’s MRV Roadmap


Enhanced Transparency Framework

·       Bob Kazungu (Ministry of Environment and Forest of Uganda) - Uganda’s Work towards Enhanced Transparency Framework

·       Jenny Wong (UNFCCC Secretariat) - The Enhanced Transparency Framework: Overview of Key Elements


Launch of the GFOI Family of Resources

·       Carly Green (Environmental Accounting Services) - GFOI Family of Resources - Process and Timeline

·       Muri Soares (Mozambique) - Overview of Mozambique’s Involvement with the GFOR


Side events Day 2

1.     Forest and Land Monitoring for Climate Action, for and by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

·       Maricarmen Ruiz, Working with Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities on community-based forest monitoring

2.     Deforestation Alerts (Best practices, and applications)

·       Ake Rosenqvist (JAXA/soloEO) - Global Mangrove Watch – GMW Mangrove Loss Alerts

·       Ate Poortinga, Nyein Soe Thwal, Jack Kilbride, Karis Tenneson, Robert Kennedy, David Saah - SAR-based alerts in SERVIRSoutheast Asia

·       Erik Lindquist, Andreas Vollrath, Daniel Wiell - Near Real Time Alerts - SEPAL (sepal.io)

·       Johannes Reiche and team (University of Wageningen) - RADD alerts

·       Jorn Dallinga (WWF-NL) - GFOI Forest Foresight - Predicting deforestation


3.     The IPCC Inventory Software to estimate GHG emissions and removals from forest land, and the 2 FAO add-ons for the Land Representation

·       Alfonso Sanchez Paus Diaz, Danilo Mollicone (FAO) - Land representation by Collect Earth - the Add-on with IPCC software

·       Erik Lindquist (FAO), Carly Green (Environmental Accounting Services), Inge Jonckheere (FAO) - IPCC Software Updates - Wall-to-wall Addon

·       Sandro Federici (IPCC) - Use of the IPCC Inventory Software for Establishing National GHG inventories in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector


4.     Forest Observation Activities in China

·       Juan Suárez (UK) - New forest inventories in Britain using remote sensing and proximal data collection methods

·       Xin TIAN (China) -  Cooperation project between China and Europe in Earth Observation on forest monitoring technology and demonstration applications

·       Yong Pang (China) -  Forest resource and conservation benefits from ecological restoration programs in China

·       Zengyuan Li (China) - Forest and Grassland Types Mapping in China Using GF-1/6 Chinese Satellite Data

·       Zhao Dan, Zeng Yuan, Wu Fangming, Wu Bingfang (China) -  Recent improvements of remote sensing based forest aboveground biomass estimation in China



Blue Carbon

·       Haruni Krisnawati (Indonesia) - Indonesia’s Mangrove and Tropical Peatland Research and related carbon accounting

·       Maria Nuutinen, Laura Villegas and Elisabet Rams, Marco Piazza, Lorena Hojas, Eva Ntara (FAO) - Wet linkages: Global Peatlands Initiative and mangroves

·       Nikki Fitzgerald (Australia) - Blue Carbon - It’s like REDD+ … but Blue

·       Raphael Linzatti (GIZ) - Management and Conservation of Blue Carbon Ecosystems (MACBLUE)

·       Richard A. MacKenzie (US Forest Service) - Pacific Island Blue Carbon Knowledge Exchange Network


Ecosystem Restoration

·       Julian Fox (FAO) - UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Overview and the Task Force on Monitoring

·       Peter Nduati (Kenya) - Kenya – monitoring and reporting ecosystem restoration

·       Yelena Finegold (FAO) - Framework for Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring - FERM and Target 2 of the GBF


Side events Day 3

1.    Leveraging the NICFI Satellite Data Program to improve forest management and reporting

·       Anicia Brenda (Uganda) - Application of NICFI/Planet Data in Uganda

·       Charlotte Bishop (KSAT) - Providing Satellite Imagery of the World's Tropical Forests

·       Somphavy Keoka (Lao PDR) - Leveraging the NICFI Satellite Data Program to better monitor and report on forest cover change “The Example of Lao PDR“

·       Ximena María Herrera Jirón (Ecuador) -Aprovechando el Programa de Datos Satelitales del NICFI para mejorar la gestión forestal y la elaboración de informes - Ejemplo Ecuador


2.    Improving the forest carbon market confidence with quality blue carbon credits

·       Daniel Murdiyarso (CIFOR-ICRAF) - Building BC market confidence

·       Noviar (Peatland Restoration and Mangrove Rehabilitation Planning) - Priorities in Mangrove Rehabilitation Program in Indonesia

·       Pablo Martin (FAO) - High-resolution satellite imagery to identify mangrove areas

·       Pham Thu Thuy (FAO) - Governing Blue Carbon for climate and social justice


3.    Sample based approaches for forest monitoring

·       Anne Branthomme, Caroline Merle, Adolfo Kindgard, Ana Lourenço, Wai-Tim Ng, Rémi D’Annunzio, Aurélie Shapiro (FAO) - Global sample-based assessment of agricultural deforestation drivers

·       FAO - Ensemble Sample Based Area Estimation - An overview

·       Steve Stehman (State University of New York) - Guidelines for Evaluating Decisions of Sample-Based Area Estimation (SBAE)


4.    Monitoring forest contributions towards national adaptation goals

·       Antonio Bombelli (GCOS Secretariat) - Global climate observations for adaptation monitoring

·       Bob Kazungu (Uganda) - Monitoring forest contributions towards national adaptation goals - Adaptation Monitoring in Uganda

·       Elisa Distefano (FAO) - Strengthening M&E for adaptation in the agriculture sectors: Country experiences

·       Inge Jonckheere, Antoine Libert, Amy Duchelle (FAO) - Forest Adaptation Monitoring - The Way Ahead



Agenda and side events

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The annual GFOI Plenary brought together the global community of practitioners who support tropical countries in forest monitoring and associated emissions Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) procedures. The Plenary aimed 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 was the role of forest information in addressing climate change with the following sub-topics: REDD+, Nationally Determined Contributions, Restoration and Blue Carbon.

The Plenary was 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.