Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector
Legal assessment to set up and operationalize a national forest monitoring systemPDF
Sustainable forest management requires legally binding arrangements combined with financial resources for staff and data collection, supported with sound structures to enforce legal measures beyond the duration of a single political cycle. In this regard, forest-related institutions with clear...
Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sectorPDF
This is a project flyer for the project "Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest)”. CBIT-Forest is a two-year-long FAO project under the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) trust fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This...
Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector: One year in numbersPDF
The project aims to step up developing countries’ ability to collect, analyze and disseminate forest-related data, to make forest data transparent and accessible in line with the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) under the Paris Agreement. This brochure sums up its main features.
Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector: Two years in numbers. PDF
Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest) is a project, implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), that is stepping up the abilities of developing countries’ to collect, analyze and disseminate forest-related data,...
Strengthening national forest monitoring systems through a comprehensive capacity needs assessmentPDF
A lack of institutional and individual capacity often undermines the long-term impact of otherwise technically sound programmes. To support efforts towards sound and impactful forest monitoring, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has developed a national forest...
Building Global Capacity to Increase Transparency in the Forest SectorPDF
The 2015 Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Terrestrial carbon sequestration, which mostly takes place in forests, is critical to achieving this goal. To meet this ambitious target,...
Case study Costa Rica: Costa Rica’s progress in developing a national land use, land cover and ecosystems monitoring systemPDF
The Republic of Costa Rica is a Central American country largely covered by tropical forest that exhibits high biodiversity. The country has made many efforts to conserve its forests and biodiversity, although in most cases forest and agricultural resources have been independently assessed....
Case study Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Democratic Republic of the Congo establishes a national forest monitoring system to promote ...PDF
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a Central African country, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Despite a relatively low deforestation rate compared with the world average, over the last 20 years the country has seen...
Case study Bangladesh: An integrated national forest monitoring system for sustainable forest management and conservation in BangladeshPDF
Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To support and improve decision-making on climate change mitigation and adaptation, access to robust data and information is key. The role of the forest sector and the availability of comprehensive forest-related data are...
Case Study Chile: The National Forest Monitoring System as part of the National Strategy on Climate Change and Vegetation Resources in ChilePDF
This case study from Chile applies state-of-the-art monitoring approaches to forest conservation, restoration and management. It offers a glimpse into Chile's efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancement on forest carbon stocks (REDD+).
Case study Ghana: Establishing a multi-purpose national forest monitoring system to improve land use monitoring capacities in GhanaPDF
Since 2008, the Republic of Ghana has implemented activities for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). These actions include establishing a multi-purpose national forest monitoring system (NFMS) to improve land use monitoring capacities in the country. Development...
Case study Papua New Guinea: National forest monitoring system provides better data, and enhances capacity in Papua New GuineaPDF
Working with Costa Rica, Papua New Guinea proposed the concept of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2005. Ever since, the country has continued to prepare for REDD+ and has worked to...
What is the forest area of Lao People's Democratic Republic?PDF
There are discrepancies in forest cover statistics announced by the Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the FAO Publication Forest Resources Assessment respectively. This publication seeks to clarify why such discrepancies occur.
Inventarios Forestales Nacionales de América Latina y el Caribe: Hacia la armonización de la información forestal. PDF
Los inventarios forestales nacionales (IFN) son una de las principales fuentes de información forestal. En este libro se describe la importancia e historia de los IFN de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, región especialmente relevante por la extensión y la biodiversidad de sus bosques. Se abordan las...
Forests and transparency under the Paris AgreementWebsite
The objective of this course is to learn about the Enhanced Transparency Framework (EFT) under the Paris Agreement. It will be useful to those wishing to understand the importance of forest-related data collection, analysis and dissemination in meeting the Enhanced Transparency Framework...
Institutionalization of forest dataWebsite
This course intends to establish a clear path towards a more efficient and effective use of forest data, underscoring the crucial significance of institutionalizing a robust national forest monitoring system (NFMS) within countries. Additionally, it emphasizes transparency, sustainability, and...
Boosting transparency of forest data for climate actionPDF
Forests play a central role in combating climate change.
Towards open and transparent forest data for climate actionPDF
“Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest)” is a project led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and financed by the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) trust fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)...
From reference levels to results reporting: REDD+ under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ChangePDF
This report provides an update on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Plus1 (REDD+) forest reference (emission) levels (FREL/FRLs) and REDD+ results submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and relevant developments under the Green Climate...
Enhancing forest targets and measures in nationally determined contributionsPDF
This report provides recommendations for how government decision-makers can incorporate the full potential of forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation in NDCs under the Paris Agreement. It seeks to inform policymakers in developing measurable policies and actions for NDCs and other...
Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020PDF
FAO completed its first assessment of the world’s forest resources in 1948. At that time, its major objective was to collect information on available timber supply to satisfy post-war reconstruction demand. Since then, the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) has evolved into a comprehensive...
How to prepare for the transition from the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) frameworkVideo
The webinar took place on 10 December 2020 as part of the massive open online course (MOOC) on ‘Forests and transparency under the Paris Agreement’.
Establishing and implementing a sustainable National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS): effects on the forest sector of a countryVideo
This webinar took place on 9 December 2020, as part of the massive open online course (MOOC) on ‘Forests and transparency under the Paris Agreement.’
Open and Transparent: Forest data setting the course for green future under the Paris AgreementWebsite
FAO webinar “Open and Transparent: Forest data setting the course for green future under the Paris Agreement” highlighted the importance of the ETF under Article 13 of the Paris Agreement and discussed how the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) can support its implementation. At...
Learning from experience to increase forest data transparency for climate actionVideo
This webinar highlights key results of the project "Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector” (CBIT-Forest). CBIT-Forest is a project implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with financial support from the Global Environment...
Forest data and transparency: ‘Zoom’ in on Costa Rica’s experience”Video
Costa Rica has made many efforts to monitor and conserve its forests. Since 2015, the Government has been developing a national system for monitoring land cover, land use and ecosystems (SIMOCUTE: Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo de la Cobertura y Uso de la Tierra y Ecosistemas) that facilitates the...
Forest Data and Transparency 'Zoom in' on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the CongoWebsite
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many other African countries, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Previously, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had limited technical capacity to produce and utilize data...
Open And Transparent Forest Data: Innovation And Technology For Climate ActionVideo
A key pillar of the Paris Agreement is the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF), which aims to raise ambitions for climate action through transparent country reporting. The development of National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) with open and transparent data can enable action for forest and...
Forest data for climate action: the importance of legal and institutional frameworksVideo
The institutionalisation of national forest monitoring systems (NFMS) is crucial for streamlined, sustainable and transparent use of forest data, which informs forest policies and management. This FAO webinar highlighted the ways in which a legal basis, financial commitment and a permanent...
Forest data and free open-source solutions for Climate ActionVideo
Information obtained by NFMS can support countries in their efforts to build confidence in climate actions and increase the effectiveness and transparency of those actions under the Paris Agreement. This webinar highlighted the specific links between NFMS and climate action. A compilation of case...
Mind the gap: Addressing national forest inventory capacity needs to support climate actionWebsite
This webinar was part of a series organized by the FAO elearning Academy, Agreenium, UN-ESCAP, and the Future Food Institute (FFI) to discuss and learn from current trends in thematic areas related to various global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable development. Specifically,...
Establishing and implementing sustainable national forest monitoring systemsVideo
DDeveloped as part of the second edition of the massive open online course (MOOC) “Forests and Transparency under the Paris Agreement,” this webinar explored the processes and tools needed to build sustainable, multi-purpose national forest monitoring systems. Representatives from FAO for...
From Measurement, Reporting and Verification to the Reinforced Transparency FrameworkVideo
This webinar was also developed under the second edition of the MOOC “Forests and Transparency under the Paris Agreement.” It discussed the main challenges associated with transitioning from the Measurement, Reporting and Verification Framework to the Enhanced Transparency Framework, as well as...
Latin America, the case of Chile and Costa Rica: transparency, data accuracy, and institutionalization.Video
This first episode explored the National Forest Monitoring System as part of the National Strategy on Climate Change and Vegetation Resources in Chile, and Costa Rica's progress in developing a national land use, land cover, and ecosystems monitoring system. The complete case studies are...
Africa, the case of Ghana, developing a multi-purpose NFMSVideo
In the second episode, the spotlight shifted to Africa, with Ghana presenting its transparency journey. Despite having one of the highest deforestation rates globally, Ghana has made impressive strides towards curbing forest degradation. The country has instituted a robust system of forest...
Asia, the case of Papua New Guinea: its path towards forest transparencyVideo
The final webinar focused on Papua New Guinea (PNG) and its path toward forest transparency. PNG's approach to forest data transparency involves a multi-stakeholder process, integrating various government agencies into its initiatives. The country is committed to publishing a bi-annual...
Studies and reports
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