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DRC Shares Lessons with Tanzania on Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+

Last month, delegates from Tanzania visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to share experiences on setting up national satellite forest monitoring systems; and the DRC launches new video to highlight its National Forest Monitoring System Portal.

The National UN-REDD Programme in Tanzania supported a mission to enhance understanding on how the DRC’s national satellite forest monitoring systems, called TerraCongo, functions in-country and to assess whether Tanzania could adopt a similar system to monitor its national forest cover and disseminate relevant information on REDD+ activities.

During the course of the mission, which took place 12-16 February in the DRC, the Tanzanian delegates met and discussed with key decision-makers from this country including the National REDD+ coordination unit (CN REDD), the Directorate of Forest Inventory and Planning (DIAF) and Central Africa Forest Observatory unit (OFAC).
The mission allowed the Tanzanian delegation to learn about the system’s functions to provide information on safeguards and on REDD+ pilot activities, as well as how it is leveraged to disseminate private sector investment for REDD+. DRC delegates provided a detailed explanation on the institutional set-up of its NFMS, its data sharing policy, as well as on the web dissemination portal, transparency guidelines and users’ feedback function.

In addition to learning from the DRC’s NFMS, the Tanzanian delegation shared its experience on its own national forest monitoring and assessment, as the DRC is currently initiating activities to develop a national forest inventory.

The UN-REDD Programme in Tanzania has been learning from the experience of other UN-REDD Programme partner countries with NFMS, particularly from those implementing a national satellite forest monitoring system based on the approach developed by the Brazilian Space Agency (INPE) called Terra Amazon. Since 2011, INPE and FAO have developed a strategic partnership to support several UN-REDD National Programmes in implementing tailored satellite forest monitoring systems, drawing from Brazil’s experience in remote-sensing while promoting South-South cooperation. This experience is being carried out in three UN-REDD Programme partner countries, including the DRC, Papua New Guinea and Paraguay and will soon be extended to other countries such as Cambodia and Zambia. The most advanced of these Terra Amazon inspired national satellite forest monitoring systems is DRC’s TerraCongo.

To implement and monitor the performance of REDD+ activities under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries are required to establish NFMS using a combination of remote-sensing and ground-based data.

DRC Launches New Video to Highlight its National Forest Monitoring System Portal

The video shows how this dynamic geo-portal is a model for transparent and in-depth presentation of data, the first of its kind to be country-led and country-specific.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently launched an animated video that gives viewers an in-depth introduction to its dynamic, online geo-portal. The video was developed by DRC in collaboration with the UN-REDD Programme team at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research.

This geo-portal [insert link: www.rdc-snsf.org] is part of the country’s efforts to develop a robust and transparent National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) for REDD+ activities.. The DRC’s NFMS brings together data from many sources, and aims to combine them into a forest management tool related to REDD+ and the DRC's forests policies and measures.

View and share the videos in English, French and Spanish.





In this issue


Solomon Islands and Pakistan Move Forward with their National REDD+ Roadmaps

DRC Shares Lessons with Tanzania on Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+

UN-REDD Partner Countries Increase their REDD+ Technical Expertise

Indonesia and UN-REDD to Host Global Symposium on REDD+ in a Green Economy

UN-REDD Launches Independent Evaluation of National Programme in Panama

UN-REDD Underscores Tenure as a Success Factor for REDD+

Features & Commentary

Cambodia’s REDD+ Pilot Projects Contribute to Settlement of Forest Disputes
By: Heang Thy

UN-REDD Launches Guidelines on Free, Prior and Informed Consent for REDD+
By: Gaya Sriskanthan

Moving from Global Advocacy to Country-level Actions on Anti-Corruption for REDD+
By: Estelle Fach and Tsegaye Lemma

Understanding REDD+ and FLEGT Linkages Through Country Experiences
By: Emelyne Cheney and Marjo Maidell

Reports & Analysis

Latest UN-REDD Policy Brief Now Available in French and Spanish

Call for Comments on UN Guide to Support Respect of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights by Private Sector

New Report on Economics of Forest Carbon Projects

New Go-REDD+ Issue Links REDD+ with Poverty Reduction

Looking ahead

FPIC and Anti-Corruption workshop with COICA
7 April, 2013: Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

REDD+ Safeguards and Conflict Resolution workshop
9-13 April, 2013: Paraguay

Multiple Benefits Mapping workshop
8-24 April, 2013: Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, Tanzania

Latin America National Forest Monitoring System workshop
23-26 April, 2013: Tena, Ecuador

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