The demand for information on landscapes including forests and other vegetation, agriculture, settlements and infrastructure has tremendously increased in recent years.
As the international community is further developing mechanisms for implementing concrete, measurable and verifiable actions within the framework of global environmental conventions such as on climate change, biodiversity conservation and combatting desertification, there is a growing need for information on a wide range of ecological, social and economic aspects at the landscape scale including forests and trees.
Among existing environmental conventions, the climate change agenda has develop the most comprehensive national level monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) standards for tracking green-house gases (GHG) including those specifically designed for the land use and land use change forestry (LULUCF) sector. Besides forest assessments for forest sector planning, monitoring for REDD+ (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) which is closely related to MRV, aims to demonstrate in quantitative terms the levels of reduction in deforestation for purposes of obtaining financial rewards.
Based on these increasing demands for information to be monitored at the landscape level, conventional inventory and assessment systems which were originally designed for specific sectors (i.e. forestry, agriculture, wildlife conservation etc.) need to be revised and expanded. New and emerging technologies in remote sensing, field data collection, data processing and communication are being explored and – in combination with traditional inventory methods – adapted for use in multipurpose landscape assessment systems.
Research in this field has been very dynamic in recent years producing a wealth of new ideas and approaches including state-of-the-art technologies such as remote sensing, mapping, inventory design etc. as well as organisational and institutional aspects including inter-agency cooperation for data integration, community monitoring and capacity development. The challenge, particularly in the context of tropical and sub-tropical countries is how to make such comprehensive assessments most cost-effective while achieving desired international standards.
ANRICA will provide a comprehensive solution on how to fulfill the needs described above during a Side-Event of the WFC 2015. In case you are interested, join us on Tuesday, 8th of September 2015, 12:45 at Room 12B.
Blogpost by Markus Sommerauer, ANRICA – office(at)anrica.org
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