National forest monitoring systems for REDD+ 

Parallel session 1: 11.00-12.30
Al-Areen Ballroom 1

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Forest Management Division (FOM)

Developing countries aiming to implement REDD+ activities under the UNFCCC's Cancun Agreements (Decision 1/CP.16) should develop a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS). The forum will provide information on methodological proposals from participating countries for implementing an NFMS and explore how these proposals would allow countries to comply with REDD+ requirements. In particular, the forum will focus on how NFMSs can be built through a sustainable stepwise approach that builds on available resources found within each country such as pre-existing monitoring efforts and forest inventories. The goal of any methodological approach should be to implement an NFMS that would allow countries to improve performance incrementally depending on the countries' varied capabilities and national circumstances.

Maria J. Sanz Sanchez, Team Leader, FOM Division, Forestry Department, FAO

Keynote speaker
Jim Penman, Chair, Methods and Guidance Advisory Group of the Global Forest Observations Initiative, member of the Task Force Bureau for the IPCC Greenhouse Gas Inventory Programme


  • Martin Herold, Professor, Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University
  • Davies Kashole, Forestry Extension Officer, Forestry Department, Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection (MLNEP), Zambia
  • José Carlos Fernández Ugalde, Head, International Affairs and Financial Development, Mexican National Forest Commission

To be determined

Key questions

  • What is meant by a National Forest Monitoring System as requested to be developed by the Cancun Agreements?
  • How can countries make best use of existing forest monitoring efforts when developing their NFMS?
  • How can countries use stepwise approaches to build NFMS that address the UNFCCC's minimum requirements for robust and transparent systems while allowing for countries to build on efforts incrementally?

María J. Sanz-Sánchez 

Background reading

UNFCCC Decisions 2.CP13, 4/CP.15, 1/CP.16, and any other relevant decision on REDD+.   Cost of implementing methodologies and monitoring systems relating to estimates of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, the assessment of carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions from changes in forest cover, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks, Technical Paper.  Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries. A sourcebook of methods and procedures for monitoring measuring and reporting.


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