Boosting transparency of forest data

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“Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest) – the initiative from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – aimed to help countries meet their Paris Agreement goals and pledges by promoting the use of robust and transparent forest data. Funded by GEF, CBIT-Forest is characterized by three main goals – boost institutional capacity, strengthen technical capacity and increase knowledge sharing. From its launch at the end of 2019 to its completion in June 2022, the project has reached almost 10,000 people (61% men; 39%...
The Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (COP 27) opened with a shared sense of urgency, as speakers underscored the devastating climate impacts that have occurred this year. During the opening ceremony, speakers shared pressing messages from climate science, highlighted the current geopolitical challenges and their effects on energy and food systems and emphasized the necessity of focusing on implementation (IISD, 2022). Read more here.
Data are essential for effective, evidence-based decision and policymaking. In many cases, these data already exist, but are not accessible. A webinar was organized last October by the Office of Chief Statistician of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to present the Food and Agriculture Microdata Catalogue (FAM), a resource that guarantees access to the data necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These data are often expensive and even difficult to obtain; in many cases, they cannot be accessed. As Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician at FAO, pointed out, "the data ended up being stored and unable...
  Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2022  Time: 16.00–17.30 (GMT +2) Register now   Objective:  Share stories and perspectives on integrating under-represented communities in forest science, especially when addressing climate action. About this webinar:  While many scientific communities around the world are making efforts to solve issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations, forest science continues to lack sufficient workforce diversity. To address this disparity, Jingjing Liang – Associate Professor at Purdue University – founded Science-iin 2016 as an international research hub hyper-converged with Earth observation data, global expertise, and advanced cyberinfrastructure to accelerate science by empowering under-represented communities in global research and knowledge co-production. Every year, Science-i...
Scenes of flooding and storms can show us just how much weather and climate affects our lives. Climate change threatens our ability to ensure global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. To combat climate change and its impacts, the Paris Agreement represents a commitment by countries to limit the rise of the global average temperature. Signatories are required to provide reports on their emissions and implementation efforts for mitigation and adaptation.  The Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) was created to track and report on these individual country commitmentsin a fair and transparent way. Developing countries are now working to...