Boosting transparency of forest data

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8 January 2024, Rome – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today launched a new phase of work – supported with $2 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – to assist developing countries in monitoring and reporting data on both the state and changes in their forest cover more effectively and transparently. The three-year project 'Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest): accelerating capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and awareness raising' will build understanding of the importance of transparent forest data and strengthen capacities in developing countries to enhance the quality, timeliness, accessibility, and usability of their forest-related data. The project...
As countries strive to meet international reporting requirements to develop more robust National Forest Monitoring Systems, including reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), the importance of National Forest Inventories (NFIs) cannot be underestimated. This systematic collection, analysis and reporting of forest data, plays a pivotal role in providing estimates on relevant variables about characteristics of forests and forested landscapes for a whole country or a subnational administrative or geographic entity, including emission factors for calculating forest-related greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Beyond their carbon-focused function, NFIs provide vital insights into forest biodiversity, health, management, and use, empowering countries...
Reducing deforestation, restoring forests, and sustainable forest management are vital pathways for achieving 2030 global goals. Access to accurate forest data is crucial for international commitments on deforestation, restoration, and climate action. FAO is a global leader on forest and ecosystem monitoring, supporting countries to build robust national forest monitoring systems. The webinar "Forest Monitoring for Climate Action" launches a FAO eLearning Academy series of courses on forest monitoring for climate action, presenting testimonials from professionals about their experience with the courses and their usefulness for their work. This international technical webinar is part of the series organized by the FAO...
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been at the forefront of championing a sustainable future through the institutionalization of forest data. Their recent launch of the online course 'Institutionalization of forest data' is a testament to their commitment. This self-paced course is meticulously designed for all individuals - from legal experts to interested individuals - to establish and enhance the national forest monitoring system (NFMS). Monitoring forests has become essential, given the need for up-to-date data to track changes, enhance decision-making, and provide reliable reporting for both national and international frameworks, including REDD+. With many countries...
Capacity development activities in forest monitoring, including face-to-face workshops and online courses, can serve as important tools for increasing awareness on gender. However, women and other underrepresented groups, including youth, Indigenous peoples and people with disabilities, face significant barriers to accessing opportunities to participate in training and other capacity development initiatives, particularly in the forest sector. These barriers commonly include household burdens such as childcare, as well as social norms that undervalue the role of women in forestry. While there are a number of strategies for improving women’s participation in these initiatives, it can be useful to canvas ideas directly from...
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