Forest data and transparency: "Zoom" in on Costa Rica’s experience


Costa Rica has made many efforts to monitor and conserve its forests. Since 2015, the Government has been developing a national system for monitoring land cover, land use and ecosystems (SIMOCUTE: Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo de la Cobertura y Uso de la Tierra y Ecosistemas) that facilitates the collection, integration, management, and dissemination of national-scale environmental data and information.

SIMOCUTE has been developed through a participatory and interinstitutional process led by the National Center for Geo-environmental Information (CENIGA: Centro Nacional de Información Geoambiental), which involved 40 institutions from government, academia and the private sector.

Furthermore, ten international organizations provide technical and/or financial support to SIMOCUTE, including partners of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), in particular the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the SilvaCarbon programme of the United States.

The event will “zoom” in on Costa Rica’s national system for monitoring land cover, land use and ecosystems SIMOCUTE, which has been highlighted in a recent FAO case study publication. The webinar will feature presentations on the case study and SIMOCUTE, followed by a discussion and will conclude with the key messages of this work.

WHEN: Tuesday 21 July 2020, 16:00-17:00 CEST





Welcoming remarks and introduction: Lucio Santos, LAC REDD+ Coordinator (FAO) 


Presentation 1 Ms. Rocío Cóndor-Golec, FAO/GEF CBIT-Forest global project

Presentation 2 Mr. Rafael Monge-Vargas, CENIGA, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Q&A session

Closing remarks: Julian Fox, National Forest Monitoring Team Leader (FAO) 

Moderator: Khalil Walji, Capacity development specialist (FAO)


The webinar and the case study are conducted in the framework of the project “Building global capacity to increase transparency in the forest sector (CBIT-Forest)” funded by the Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) trust fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).


Tropical Waterfall in Forest