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Record number 402575
Title Earth observation and political negotiations: supporting developing countries in implementing post-Kyoto
Author(s) Herold, M.
Event ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bergen, 2010-06-28/2010-07-02
Department(s) Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract In 2005, official discussions initiated at the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established a process to analyze how reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) in developing countries could contribute to the ultimate goal of the Convention. A basic underpinning requirement is the systematic long-term observation of forests and other land cover characteristics and changes on national and global levels. In response to this need, the "Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics" (GOFC-GOLD) has established a REDD working group and continuous interaction mechanism with the UNFCCC to provide technical contributions to the negotiations and for national-level capacity development for monitoring emphasizing the important role of satellite remote sensing in this context. The presentation will discuss the approach and experiences of this interaction process of the technical earth observation and carbon monitoring community with the REDD political discussions. The efforts include the development of a REDD sourcebook of "Methods and Procedures for Monitoring, Measuring and Reporting on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Developing Countries". Based on international technical consensus, it provides explanation, and methodologies to support REDD early actions and readiness mechanisms for building national REDD monitoring systems. It emphasizes the role of satellite remote sensing as an important tool for monitoring changes in forest area, and provides clarification on applying the IPCC Guidelines for reporting changes in forest carbon stocks at the national level. Critical issues on monitoring forest degradation, accuracy assessments, biomass burning and the role of evolving technologies will be discussed.
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