From October 15-17, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program partnered with UN-REDD and SilvaCarbon to host the 4th UN-REDD Regional Lessons Learned Workshop on National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).  

NFMS enable countries to collect information required to provide measurable, reportable and verifiable estimates of emission reductions and/or removals that occur as a result of implementation of REDD+ activities. Over 80 forest inventory and remote sensing experts, civil society representatives, and senior forestry officials from 21 countries came together in an effort to strengthen capacities within countries to design and implement country-led NFMS processes.

Participants discussed NFMS approaches, capacity building needs, and priorities for implementing NFMS. Forest monitoring forms the backbone of national forest decision making and is part of LEAF’s regional approach to strengthening capacities for improved forest management.

Related Website: The Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update