Mind the gap: Addressing national forest inventory capacity needs to support climate action

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National Forest Inventories (NFI) represent countries' continuous efforts to gather accurate information about the size, distribution, condition and use of forests resources. Transparent and methodologically sound forest data sets are essential for developing and monitoring the policies and decisions that support the sustainable management of forests and drive effective climate action under the Paris Agreement pledges. However, building upon multiple data sources, including field inventories and remote sensing, is an incredibly complex exercise requiring countries to have high capacity levels. Therefore, complementing the existing NFI training activities with online knowledge exchanges and e-learning opportunities is key to closing any remaining capacity gaps. In this context, this FAO e-learning Academy webinar will highlight the importance of forest monitoring to support climate action, share experiences from Guatemala and Liberia and launch the NFI online modules that aim to support NFI implementation and decision-making.

This international technical webinar is part of the series organized by the FAO elearning AcademyAgreenium (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 (UN-ESCAP) 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 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: elearning.fao.org.


  • Highlight the importance of national forest monitoring systems (NFMS) and National Forest Inventories to support climate action;
  • Share knowledge, experience and capacity needs for the implementation of forest monitoring from Guatemala and Liberia; and
  • Launch of FAO’s national forest inventory (NFI) online training modules to facilitate NFIs design and implementation and support forest data analysis for policy and decision-making.


This technical webinar will be delivered by Mr. Julian Fox (FAO), Ms. Rocio Cóndor-Golec (FAO), Ms. Rebecca Tavani (FAO), Mr. Saah David (Forestry Development Authority, Liberia), Mr. Rodrigo Rodas (National Forest Institute of Guatemala), Mr. Lutz Fehrmann (University of Göttingen), Mr. Fabio Picinich (FAO), and moderated by Ms. Emily Donegan (FAO).


The webinar is free and open to everyone, provided you have the link to the platform.
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