Forest data and free open-source solutions for Climate Action

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A robust national forest monitoring system (NFMS) enables countries to align their forest policies with up-to-date, reliable, transparent and accessible information. NFMS knowledge and results support countries in their efforts to build confidence in climate actions, and increase the effectiveness and transparency of those actions under the Paris Agreement. In this context, the ability to freely and easily access innovative and open-source tools and technologies becomes crucial for any country eager to efficiently formulate, implement and monitor forest-related policies and track progress towards sustainable forest management. The FAO elearning Academy webinar “Forest data and free open-source solutions for Climate Action” will highlight the ways in which forest monitoring tools support climate action, share experience from countries and present a new open-source solution for collecting and analysing forest data.

This international technical webinar is part of the series organized by the FAO elearning Academy, Agreenium (l’alliance de la formation et la recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation, l'environnement et la santé globale), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Future Food Institute (FFI). These webinars are an opportunity for all of us to share experiences and lessons learnt, discuss challenges, and propose innovative solutions and models. They aim to provide a holistic and and comprehensive view of current trends in thematic areas related to global challenges, by combining
development, research, and innovation perspectives.

The main objective of these technical webinars is to give practitioners the opportunity to interact with international experts, United Nations officers, University professors, researchers and fellow participants, throughout the world. Webinars can be attended as interactive online sessions on Zoom, where sharing perspectives and asking questions to experts is encouraged. These sessions are also recorded and therefore available at any time, through the FAO elearning Academy:


• Highlight the role of national forest monitoring systems (NFMS) in supporting climate action;
• Share knowledge and experiences from Ghana and Papua New Guinea;
• Launch FAO’s latest, free open-source tool, created to support forest monitoring.


This technical webinar will be delivered by Mr. Julian Fox (FAO), Ms. Rocio Cóndor-Golec (FAO), Mr. Lauri Vesa (FAO), Mr. Thomas Yaw Gyambrah (Forestry Commission of Ghana), Ms. Elizabeth Kaidong (Papua New Guinea Forest Authority), Ms. Cristina Petracchi (Leader of the FAO elearning Academy), and moderated by Ms. Emily Donegan (FAO).


07 July 2021 | 14:30 - 16:00 (Rome time)


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