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Joint UN-REDD & GEO MRV Workshop

3 August, 2010

The UN-REDD Programme along with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) held its first joint workshop entitled “Measurement, reporting and verification, a roadmap for implementation at the country level” from 22 to 24 June 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the support of the Mexican Forestry Commission (Comisión Nacional Forestal – CONAFOR).

Over 80 participants from 30 different pilot and partner countries of the UN-REDD Programme shared experiences in implementing Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems for REDD+ while identifying current challenges, problems, bottlenecks and data issues. The main goal of the workshop was to identify best practices and relevant experiences that could be adapted and replicated by others.
Participation of countries in the workshop’s discussions showed a diversity of levels of understanding and in-country capacity of MRV methodologies. The presentation of the FAO MRV Framework enlightened the major technical challenges in the roadmap towards the REDD+ mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Presentations during the UN-REDD-GEO MRV workshop in Guadalajara (left to right): Garry Richards, GEO-FCT Australia, José Carlos Fernandez, CONAFOR México, Alberto Sandoval UN-REDD Programme
Credit : Erik Lindquist

All participants agreed that the availability of remote sensing data remains one of the most important concerns to develop operational national MRV systems, where there are several good opportunities with GEO and Google, both initiatives offering data supply and support to countries. 

Participants recognized that technology and methods should be developed not only taking into account country circumstances on REDD+ activities, but also country capabilities to understand and implement these technologies and methods. They also stressed that the importance of the use of combined methodologies of remote sensing and ground data is ever more important and UN agencies, especially FAO, should promote more actively this combined approach.  

A major effort concerning capacity building is also required and identified as a priority by participants, especially from the World Bank. The GEO and UN-REDD Programme both agreed to increase collaboration within countries increasing support and impact on the ground. Enhancing current collaboration will benefit both the implementation of REDD+ strategies and improve the dialogue and exchange of experiences. The outcomes of the discussion during the workshop will be useful for countries during the upcoming Climate Change talks in Cancun, Mexico in December.

Download presentations and documents from the workshop here.