Boosting transparency of forest data

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Strengthening the institutional and technical capacities of Cuba in the sectors of agriculture, forestry and other land uses to improve transparency under the Paris Agreement, is the purpose of a new project in Cuba, financed by the Global Fund for the Environment (GEF), in association with the Ministry of Agriculture of Cuba (MINAG) and FAO. Launched at a start-up workshop held this Tuesday and Wednesday in Havana, CBIT plans to implement a program for the creation and strengthening of technical capacities, which will provide important tools and specialized training to Cuban institutions responsible for this issue, to respond to transparency requirements....
By Rocío Cóndor-Golec, Örjan Jonsson, Sara Maulo, Anssi Pekkarinen, and Cosimo Togna The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is unveiling the language adaptations of our innovative open data platform on forests. First launched in English in July 2020, and recently translated in Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian, the platform aims to bolster global efforts to tackle climate change, halt deforestation, and increase sustainable forest management. Building on the Global Forest Resources Assessment The platform features data and metadata reported to FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020. FRA supports countries in reporting to the main forest-related processes, including the Convention on...
Follow the conversation with Anssi Pekkarinen and Julian Fox from U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Veronique De Sy from Wageningen University and Research as they discuss a recent global study that shows promising development in forest monitoring capacity across the globe. Some 85 percent of global forests are now monitored with adequate remote sensing or field inventory system, according to the study. The study, conducted by analyzing data from 236 countries, found that the number of countries using remote sensing and national forest inventories to monitor their forest are increasing from 55 countries in 2005 to 99 countries in 2020. The progress has been driven by increasing interest...
  Course timeline: 24 May 2021 – 11 June 2021  Developed under the project “Building Global Capacity to Increase Transparency in the Forest sector (CBIT-Forest),” in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the massive open online course (MOOC) “Forests and transparency under the Paris Agreement” explores the connections between aspects of the enhanced transparency framework (ETF) of the Paris Agreement, and the collection, analysis and dissemination of reliable and transparent forest information. The key takeaway participants will learn from this course is that the same principles and elements needed to meet the reporting requirements outlined by the ETF also ensure the sustainability of a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS).     About this Course  Article 5 of the Paris Agreement acknowledges the influence forests have on greenhouse...
Over the last decade, many countries have come to recognise forests as assets that require up-to-date data to monitor status and changes over time. Nowadays, forest data has become an indispensable foundation for informed decision-making on a wide range of issues, including reporting on climate and REDD+ commitments. Driven by this awareness, forested countries have made significant progress in developing and operationalising their National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS). Guided by the UNFCCC, the work to set up robust and sustainable NFMS has been advanced through capacity development and South-South cooperation. In addition, efforts have been made to institutionalise NFMS in order...