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1 Updates on the GOFC-GOLD REDD Sourcebook Global Observations of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics Patrick Van Laake IISD-ICRAF workshop Hanoi, 18 – 20 May 2011

2 Variability in capacities for REDD+ monitoring Consideration of factors: 1.Requirements for monitoring forest carbon on national level (IPCC GPG) 2.Existing national capacities for national forest monitoring 3.Progress in national GHG inventory and engagement in REDD+ 4.REDD+ particular characteristics: importance of forest fires, soil carbon, deforestation rate etc. 5.Specific technical challenges (remote sensing): cloud cover, seasonality, topography, remote sensing data availability and access procedures Capacity gap: Capacity gap Source: Herold 2009:

3 GOFC-GOLD REDD+ Sourcebook A sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring and reporting anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removals caused by deforestation, gains and losses of carbon stocks in forests remaining forests, and forestation Latest version published for COP16 in Cancun

4 Acknowledgement Sponsors of the Global Terrestrial Observing System: Sourcebook authors: Frederic Achard, Sandra Brown, Ruth De Fries, Giacomo Grassi, Martin Herold, Danilo Mollicone, Devendra Pandey, Carlos Souza Jr., Olivier Arino, Gregory P. Asner, Luigi Boschetti, Barbara Braatz, Michael Brady, Emilio Chiuvieco, Ivan Csiszar, Michael Falkowski, Sandro Federici, Scott Goetz, Nancy Harris, Yasumasa Hirata, Hans Joosten, Chris Justice, Josef Kellndorfer, Stephen Kull, Werner Kurz, Eric Lambin, Suvi Monni, Erik Næsset, Ross Nelson, Marc Paganini, Tim Pearson, David Shoch, Florian Siegert, Margaret Skutsch, Allan Spessa, Patrick Van Laake, Michael Wulder Support for GOFC-GOLD REDD working group :

5 Sourcebook objectives 1.To provide transparent methods that are designed to produce estimates of changes in forest area and carbon stocks in a format that is user-friendly 2.To complement the IPCC GPG-LULUCF (2003) and IPCC Guidelines-AFOLU (2006) by providing additional explanations and enhanced methods 3.To foster technical understanding and build confidence for political discussions on specifying REDD+ MRV options and requirements 4.Support REDD+ early actions at national level

6 1INTRODUCTION –Purpose and scope of the sourcebook –IPCC context and requirements –Clarifying REDD+ elements causing forest carbon stock change –Emerging issues for REDD+ implementation 2METHODOLOGICAL SECTION –Monitoring of changes in forest area and degradation –Estimation of above ground carbon stocks –Estimation of soil carbon stocks –Methods for estimating CO 2 emissions from deforestation and forest degradation –Methods for estimating GHG emissions from biomass burning –Estimation of uncertainties –Methods to address emerging issues for REDD+ implementation –Guidance on reporting –Status of evolving technologies 3PRACTICAL EXAMPLES FOR DATA COLLECTION –Methods used by Annex 1 countries for national LULUCF inventories –Overview of the existing forest area changes monitoring systems –From national forest inventory to national forest GHG inventories –Community forest monitoring 4COUNTRY CAPACITY BUILDING –Building national carbon monitoring systems for REDD+: elements and capacities –Capacity gaps and cost implications –Linking monitoring and policy development Coarse outline (~ 200 pages)

7 Some GOFC-GOLD Sourcebook impacts Facilitate a process of cooperation and communication of technical community with political level Multiple users addressed Country submissions to UNFCCC on REDD+ and LULUCF (support of negotiations) Referred to and used in country readiness activities (i.e. FCPF R-PP, GIZ, bi-laterals) Contributions to key publications, expert meetings and projects, i.e.: –UNFCCC technical paper on REDD+ and expert meetings –FAO FRA special study on Forest Degradation & report –IPCC LULUCF expert meetings and reports

8 Some key issues for updating International activities (i.e. UNFCCC, IPCC, GEO) Addressing new issues from negotiations: –REDD+ and need to address forest-area change, forest degradation & regrowth, and carbon stock changes –Monitoring of drivers, activities and safeguards –National and subnational monitoring Key issues requiring further technical guidance: –Linking in-situ data, remote sensing and models –Role of evolving technologies –Biomass burning –Accuracy assessments, verification and dealing with uncertainties –Data management on national level

9 Web resources GOFC-GOLD: –http://www.fao.org/gtos/gofc-gold/ GOFC-GOLD land cover project office: –http://www.gofc-gold.uni-jena.de/ GOFC-GOLD REDD sourcebook: –http://www.gofc-gold.uni-jena.de/redd IPCC background paper on use of remote sensing in LULUCF sector (GOFC-GOLD 33): –http://www.fao.org/gtos/gofc-gold/series.html UNFCCC/SBSTA technical paper on costs of monitoring for REDD


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