Jakarta, Indonesia, August 25, 2014 – Forests serve as both carbon sources and sinks, and have an important role to play in efforts to address global climate change. Experts discussed land cover datasets, forest monitoring, carbon accounting, and greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting this week in Jakarta at a regional meeting under the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group of the LEDS Global Partnership. Eighty participants from nine countries met during August 20-22 to discuss data requirements and options for integrating forestry and wetlands data in national GHG inventories, while harmonizing these themes within a national framework for land use and land cover datasets. During three parallel sessions on forestry, wetlands, and land cover/land use mapping, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners involved in the 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 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 organizers 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), and the UN Food and Agriculture Organizations. The event furthered the AFOLU Working Group’s promotion of low-emission development strategies through an overview of existing tools, protocols and carbon accounting systems.
Presentations from the event and other details are available at: https://sites.google.com/site/afolutechnicalworkshop/home
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