Forest Data and Transparency: ‘Zoom in’ on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many other African countries, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Previously, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had limited technical capacity to produce and utilize data necessary for monitoring forest cover and changes. Since then, the country has established a national forest monitoring system (NFMS) to promote sustainable forest management practices and to take informed policy decisions on reducing forest loss. The FAO elearning Academy webinar “Forest Data and Transparency: ‘Zoom in’ on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” will highlight the country’s experience in establishing NFMS, and explore the various ways it has been upscaled and widely used, as a basis for satellite land monitoring systems, in other countries in the region and globally.

This international technical webinar is part of the series organized by the FAO eLearning Academy, Agreenium (l'Institut agronomique, vétérinaire et forestier de France) and UN-ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific). 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 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.


  • Give a general overview of the ongoing work being done in the African region on forest monitoring and climate action;
  • Present the “Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency – Forest” (CBIT-Forest) project and its support to the Paris Agreement goals; and 
  • Present the work being done in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in relation to transparency in the forest sector.


This technical webinar will be delivered by Mr. Rémi d’Annunzio (FAO), Ms. Rocío Cóndor-Golec (FAO), Mr. Benjamin Toirambe Bamoninga (Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Democratic Republic of the Congo), Mr. Julian Fox (FAO) and moderated Emily Donegan (FAO) and by Ms. Cristina Petracchi, Leader of the FAO eLearning Academy.

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