Boosting transparency of forest data

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The Paris Agreement was adopted at a 2015 international climate conference, galvanizing countries around the world to initiate drastic action to mitigate climate change. It also helped kickstart global recognition of the critical role of indigenous peoples in environmental governance, as their rights, needs, and knowledge are acknowledged in the agreement. To help track progress towards emission reduction goals outlined in this global agreement, countries have been developing and implementing National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS). To create NFMS, countries must recognize indigenous rights and learn to integrate traditional forest monitoring practices. FAO projects around the world are doing just this, as well as...
FAO and the government of Equatorial Guinea have launched the project “Enhancing Equatorial Guinea's institutional and technical capacity in the agriculture, forestry and other land-use sector for enhanced transparency under the Paris Agreement.” 2 June, 2021, Bata- Each year, the World Environment Day is commemorated around the world on the 5th of June. This year, to celebrate the occasion, under the global theme “Restoration of Ecosystems,” the project “Enhancing Equatorial Guinea's institutional and technical capacity in the agriculture, forestry and other land-use sector for enhanced transparency under the Paris Agreement” launched in Bata. This project has been funded by the Global Environment...
Over 850 forest and climate change professionals and students will connect for three weeks in the massive open online course (MOOC) “Forest and Transparency under the Paris Agreement.” The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) team up again for the upgraded edition of the MOOC. The MOOC has been developed in collaboration with the FAO eLearning Academy under the project “Building Global Capacity to Increase Transparency in the Forest sector (CBIT-Forest)”, funded by the Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) trust fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). By aiming...
  Bonn, Germany. 11 May 2021 – Today, 14 global entities launched a renewed effort to increase data-driven climate action around the world. With the decisive UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK only six months away, the #Data4BetterClimateAction campaign aims to raise awareness about the inherent value of transparency in pursuing meaningful climate action and support. Urging governments to reframe the way they think of “transparency”, the campaign highlights how enhanced transparency can support countries to address domestic development priorities while fulfilling their international climate commitments at the same time. With only 57 countries – representing 60 percent of global emissions – ...
With their ability to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere, forests play a crucial role in combating climate change. For this reason, forest monitoring activities can ensure that countries stay on target with emission reduction goals outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement. To track progress towards sustainable forest management and emission reductions related to forest loss, robust and easy-to-access forest data, monitoring and adjustment of forest-related policies, and collaboration between citizens and key stakeholders are vitally needed.   Lao PDR is working with FAO to develop its capacity for forest monitoring activities, which are an important step on the country’s...