SEPAL Forest and Land Monitoring for Climate Action


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the


On March 21st, the International Day of Forests celebrated the pivotal role of innovation in transforming forest monitoring. A key aspect of FAO and partner countries’ innovative work is the utilization of Planet's high-resolution satellite imagery through the NICFI Satellite Da...


Innovation serves as catalyst for progress, propelling transformative change across sectors. Its impact transcends mere technological advancements, as it fosters inclusivity and breaks down systemic barriers. Last March 21st, the world commemorated the

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today marked International Day of Forests by showcasing transformative innovations such as advances in forest monitoring, early warning systems and other vital technical solutions that are being used to help countries halt deforestation and forest degradation.
Today is International Day of Forests, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate our world’s forests and their contributions to the planet. Forests...

SEPAL team hosted a two-week workshop in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from the 16th to the 27th of October 2023 with national stakeholders to enhance their skills in forest monitoring using innovative approaches. The workshop, supported by the

Collect Earth Online (CEO) and SEPAL (System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring) are part of cutting-edge suite of platforms to interpret satellite data, generate land cover and land use c...

The preservation and monitoring of forests in Central Africa has long been a subject of significant interest for foresters, environmental conservationists and scientists. The region, encompassing the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, and Centr...


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 s...


In the ongoing battle against climate change, understanding the connection between land use changes and carbon emissions is paramount. Advancing this understanding formed the cornerstone of the GFOI-


In May and June 2023, the CAFI/FAO Deforestation and Degradation Drivers project, in coordination with the Gabonese national project partner,

The first edition of the online facilitated course, Forest and Land Monitoring for Climate Action – SEPAL, was delivered simultaneously in English, French and Spanish from 24 March to 7 May 2023 on the FAO elearning Academy collaborative platform. Due to popular demand, the course remained open until 30 June 2023, allowing more participants to earn digital badges and certificates of completion.
Last month, FAO was active at the International Astronautical Federation's (IAF) Global Space Conference on Climate Change (GLOC). GLOC 2023, a noteworthy event at the intersection of climate action and space sectors, took place in Oslo from 23-25 May, welcoming over 600 physical participant...
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) of Samoa with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has successfully carried out a comprehensive assessment of the country’s Land Use and Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) using FAO's&n...
The GFOI 2023 Plenary, organized by the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), took place from 9–11 May 2023 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome. The overarching theme of the event was the role of forest information in addressing climat...
Forest degradation, which reduces the capacity of forests to act as a carbon sink, has been a hurdle for many tropical forested countries to monitor effectively. Consequently, there is a need to discuss the current state of operational forest degradation monitoring, share knowledge on tools and m...

Forest degradation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is difficult to measure and countries need technical support to report these emissions, according to a new FAO technical paper released today. 

To celebrate Earth Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Kingdom today launched 
From hoovering kitchens and driving cars to reading and writing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are increasingly being used to save human's time. But can this kind of technological innovation...
The National Forest Monitoring (NFM) team is proud to announce that in just two weeks, the online facilitated course, Forest and Land Monitoring for Climate Action – SEPAL is at maximum capacity (with 2,372 participants registered).