This regional workshop brought together eighty participants from nine countries to increase understanding of the data requirements and options for integrating forestry and wetlands data in national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, while harmonizing these themes within a national framework for land use and land cover (LULC) datasets. During three parallel sessions on forestry, wetlands, and land cover/land use mapping, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners engaged in the agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) sectors shared updates and discussed:
- Strategies for building national land cover datasets, which serve a variety of internal and external uses, including forest monitoring and greenhouse gas reporting.
- Status of integrating forestry and wetlands data in national GHG inventories in the region and options for moving to a higher tier of reporting.
The workshop, organized in cooperation with the Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group of the LEDS GLobal Partnership, provided practical guidance on topics related to AFOLU data collection, management and integration including overview of existing tools, protocols and carbon accounting systems. It also provided opportunity to discuss next steps, capacity building needs and potentials for future regional exchange on related topics. Key organizations invovled included the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and USAID, in partnership with the Government of Indonesia, the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and other regional partners.
Presentations from the event and other details are available at: https://sites.google.com/site/afolutechnicalworkshop/home
Or for more information please contact:
- Justin Epting (Justin_Epting@fsw.gov) from Land Cover for Climate Initiative
- Marija Kono (firstname.lastname@example.org) from SilvaCarbon
- Resanond Amornwan (Amornwan.Resanond@icfi.com) from the USAID LEAD program