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Moving on From Experimental Approaches to Advancing National Systems for Detecting, Measuring and Monitoring Forest Degradation Across Asia

Moving on From Experimental Approaches Measuring and Monitoring Forest Degradation

In June 2015, USAID LEAF, in conjunction with partners USFS International Program, SilvaCarbon, UN-REDD, JRC/ReCaREDD, and the USAID Servir program, held a workshop that aimed to build a common regional understanding of the rationale for measuring and monitoring forest degradation in the context of climate change mitigation. The workshop also provided a platform for national policy makers and technicians and international researchers to share information on methodologies and approaches for measuring and monitoring forest degradation.

Some of the objectives that were achieved at the workshop include identifying country aims in accounting for forest degradation and using this to examine forest degradation definitions and issues of cost-effectiveness; exchanging country information on methodologies and technical approaches, their current operational status and utility for estimating GHG-emissions at the national level; reviewing international developments in measuring and monitoring forest degradation and opportunities for advancing country led efforts; completing a degradation measuring and monitoring decision framework that considers critical decisions and key components necessary in developing a functional plan for measuring and monitoring forest degradation at the national level; and identifying capacity, resource needs and other challenges that must be overcome to implement the above measuring and monitoring plan within a 24 month period.

Following are materials from the workshop: 

Agendahttp://www.leafasia.org/library/degradation-workshop-agenda

Workshop Reporthttp://www.leafasia.org/library/degradation-workshop-final-report

Why Measure?       

1. Why worry about forest degradation? Multiple perspectives and multiple dimensions: http://www.leafasia.org/library/multiple-perspectives-and-multiple-dimensions

2. UNFCCC and IPCC guidance on measuring and monitoring forest degradation: http://www.leafasia.org/library/ipcc-guidance

3. Addressing forest degradation: policy imperative: http://www.leafasia.org/library/addressing-forest-degradation

4. Measuring degradation for REDD+, Forest Reference Levels: http://www.leafasia.org/library/measuring-degradation-redd

Why Measure? Country Case Studies

5. Forest degradation monitoring in Vietnam: http://www.leafasia.org/library/forest-degradation-monitoring-vietnam

6. Forest degradation in Sri Lanka: http://www.leafasia.org/library/forest-degradation-sri-lanka

Why Measure? Guidance

7. Critical decisions and key components: http://www.leafasia.org/library/critical-decisions-and-key-components

8. Measuring and monitoring forest degradation, regional assessment: http://www.leafasia.org/library/measuring-and-monitoring-forest-degradation

Guidance

9. Estimating significance of forest degradation: http://www.leafasia.org/library/estimating-significance-forest-degradation

10. Approaches to monitoring forest degradation for REDD+, GOFI/GOFC-GOLD Guidance for Asia: http://www.leafasia.org/library/approaches-monitoring-forest-degradation

Data and Approach

11. Degradation accounting methods: http://www.leafasia.org/library/degradation-accounting-methods

12. Remote sensing of forest degradation in SE Asia: http://www.leafasia.org/library/remote-sensing-forest-degradation

Data and Approaches (Activity Data – Medium Resolution)

13. Mapping forest degradation and deforestation, Google Earth Engine and CLASLite: http://www.leafasia.org/library/mapping-forest-degradation-and-deforestation

14. Landsat and time series analysis in Vietnam: http://www.leafasia.org/library/landsat-analysis-vietnam

15. Using Collect Earth to measure and monitor forest degradation in PNG: http://www.leafasia.org/library/using-collect-earth-png

Data and Approaches (Activity Data – High  Resolution)

16. Status for development of activity data and detecting degradation in Laos: http://www.leafasia.org/library/degradation-laos

17. Using LIDAR remote sensing to detect forest change: http://www.leafasia.org/library/using-lidar-remote-sensing

18. Monitoring forest degradation using LIDAR and SAR: http://www.leafasia.org/library/monitoring-forest-degradation

19. Use of Lidar in Nepal (not presented at workshop): http://www.leafasia.org/library/use-lidar-nepal

Data and Approaches (Emission Factors)

20. Measuring Degraded Forests in Bangladesh: http://www.leafasia.org/library/measuring-degraded-forests-bangladesh

22. Measuring degraded forests: developing emission factors in Lao PDR: http://www.leafasia.org/library/measuring-degraded-forests

Methods and Utility

22. Shifting cultivation: activity data and emission factors for an integrated, scalable system: http://www.leafasia.org/library/shifting-cultivation

23. Logging (planned and unplanned): http://www.leafasia.org/library/logging-planned-and-unplanned

24. Fire emissions (planned and unplanned), activity data and emissions factors for an integrated, scalable system: http://www.leafasia.org/library/fire-emissions-planned-and-unplanned

25. Increasing data certainty: http://www.leafasia.org/library/increasing-data-certainty

Planning and Next Steps

26. Strengthening national and regional capacities for reporting on the mitigation actions of the forest sector: http://www.leafasia.org/library/strengthening-national-and-regional-capacities

 

Click here to learn more about USAID LEAF's work addressing forest degradation.

 

Start Date: 
Tuesday, 16 June, 2015 (All day)
End Date: 
Thursday, 18 June, 2015 (All day)
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand