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Webinar series 2017

REDD+ Monitoring, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification
“Training the Trainers”

This series of webinars introduces the latest tools and methodologies for REDD+ MRV, in the themes of monitoring forest area and area changes, and the associated carbon stocks and changes.

Topics and tools covered by the series: Tools to assist with data management, MRV stocktaking and involvement of communities will be covered. Remote sensing approaches for detection of deforestation, cloud computing, and accuracy assessments are also included.

Presenters: GOFC-GOLD, GFOI, UN REDD, WB FCPF, Winrock International, Wageningen University, Boston University, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Participants will:

  • Increase their capacity for REDD+ MRV planning, analysis and reporting
  • Learn about the latest freely available tools and methodologies
  • Receive a certificate if they have participated in at least 6 of the webinars in the series
  • Agenda and registration

    You need to register (click on the links below) for each webinar individually. In the case that for some reason, the date or time of the webinar changes, you will be informed automatically if you have registered for that webinar.

    Each webinar will last for no more than 1 hour 30 minutes.

    For any questions related to the webinars, please contact gofc-workshop.grs@wur.nl


    GOFC-GOLD webinar series April - June 2017

    Date and time Title




    Wednesday 19.04.2017 09:00 CEST

    Guiding you through REDD+ MRV


  • Introduction to REDDCompass
  • The GFOI Methods and Guidance Document (MGD)
  • Overview of the World Bank GOFC-GOLD training materials.
  • Martin Herold, GOFC-GOLD / Wageningen University and Carly Green, GFOI

    More information:

    A number of tools are available to support efficient REDD+ implementation. The REDDCompass guides users through core Themes, Concepts and Actions involved in the development of National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) MRV. The GOFC-GOLD REDD+ training materials are based on existing good practice guidance on REDD+ related forest monitoring and have been developed by experts in the field. This webinar will show you how to access and get the most out of both these tools.

    Background reading and optional preparation: Register for and check out the REDDCompass, including the instruction videos for REDDCompass registration, and view the REDD+ training materials

    Watch the recording of this webinar here

    Please note that the times are advertized in the CEST timezone (this is Central European Summer Time). Once you register, the software should convert the time to your timezone - but please check that it is correct - you can use timeanddate.com for this. If you are not sure please contact us. To give you an idea of the timings, 15:00 CEST (Amsterdam, Paris etc.) is 09:00 Washington DC, USA; 16:00 Nairobi, Kenya; 20:00 Bangkok, Thailand; 23:00 Melbourne, Australia.

    Tuesday 25.04.2017, 14:00 CEST

    REDD+ decision making using the FCPF decision support toolbox


  • An introduction to the FCPF decision support toolbox
  • Using the tool to make estimates of emissions reductions
  • Assessing the impact of policy and technical decisions
  • Alex Lotsch, World Bank FCPF

    More information:

    The FCPF decision support tool allows users to explore all 5 REDD+ activities, and lets users explore policy, methodological and technological options for a specific jurisdictional area and context. The output of the tool is a summary which shows, based on decisions made in the tool, customized reference levels and where the greatest opportunities might be for emission reductions under a REDD+ program.

    Background reading and optional preparation: Register / login to the DST

    Watch the recording of this webinar here

    One week break

    Tuesday 09.05.2017, 15:00 CEST

    Activity data: remote sensing tools


  • An introduction to time-series analysis
  • Using bfast to estimate forest change
  • An introduction to BEEODA
  • Using BEEODA to process and analyze data
  • Jan Verbesselt and Mathieu Decuyper, Wageningen University and Pontus Olofsson, Boston University

    More information:

    Acquiring and processing satellite data is key to many REDD+ projects. Open source tools are available to process and analyze data, and this webinar explores two options. Bfast is a time-series approach, which allows you to process satellite data to detect forest cover changes. BEEODA is a suite of open-source software and educational materials for processing and analyzing earth observation data. It is based on a Linux Ubuntu Virtual Machine that contains a range of open-source image processing tools. Tasks including classification, change detection and time-series analysis can be completed.

    Background reading and optional preparation: Explore BFAST and BFASTmonitor and some BFAST tools on github and the BEEODA suite.

    For a background to the topic, review the GOFC-GOLD training modules 2.1 and 2.2.

    Watch the recording of this webinar here

    Tuesday 16.05.2017, 15:00 CEST

    Community based monitoring


  • An introduction to engaging communities
  • Technologies to aid community involvement
  • Integrating community based data into national systems
  • Arun Pratihast, Wageningen University, Margaret Skutsch, National Autonomous University of Mexico and Roxroy Bollers, WWF Guyana

    More information:

    Wageningen University developed an approach in that combines emerging technologies and community-based observations for environmental monitoring and information systems. The system integrates data gathered by communities with existing data sources, including field and satellite based measurements. Based at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Margaret Skutsch was the PI in a project spanning 7 countries which investigated the potential for community forest management to be integrated into international climate policy and to benefit from carbon finance.

    Background reading and optional preparation: Read about community monitoring projects in Peru, Vietnam and Ethiopia, as presented by Arun. For more information on the Guyana case study visit the ForestCompass website. This website also contains numerous case studies from around the world and a wealth of resources on community-based monitoring in the context of REDD+, FLEGT and other mechanisms. Also read about the SMAP tool, which was used in Guyana.

    For a background to the topic, review the GOFC-GOLD training module 2.4.

    Watch the recording of this webinar here

    One week break

    Tuesday 30.05.2017, 15:00 CEST

    Assessing carbon emissions from forest degradation


  • An introduction to degradation
  • Measuring degradation – available methods, including the logging method
  • Examples of the countries where the logging method has been used
  • Lara Murray and Tim Pearson, Winrock International

    More information:

    Degradation caused by logging is prominent in many areas of the tropics. A novel method developed by Winrock is cost-effective, accurate and relatively easy-to-use for REDD+ implementation and national inventories worldwide. Learn how to use the tool and also learn more about degradation; including drivers, definitions, and how to include it in forest inventories.

    Background reading and optional preparation: Read about Winrock's activities on this topic.

    For a background to the topic, review the GOFC-GOLD training modules 2.3 and 2.5.

    Watch the recording of this webinar here

    Tuesday 06.06.2017, 15:00 CEST

    Area and accuracy assessments


  • An introduction to best practices and the latest methods for area and accuracy assessments
  • A hands on introduction to using SEPAL
  • Accuracy assessments using SEPAL
  • Pontus Olofsson, Boston University and Remi D’ Annunzio, FAO

    More information:

    Experts from Boston University and FAO will present the best-practices and newest methods for the estimation and reporting of uncertainties. Methods to draw samples for accuracy assessments, and to calculate area-adjusted accuracy assessments will be discussed. The SEPAL system will be introduced and demonstrated as a tool to carry out these calculations.

    Background reading and optional preparation: Read more about Boston's work on accuracy assessments on their BEEODA website. Access the publications by Pontus on accuracy assessments. Also check out Open Foris and the SEPAL and Open Foris github. You can also view the presentation version of the stratified sampling example given in SEPAL. For those who have registered to SEPAL (using the link on the registration email for this or the following webinar), you can log in to SEPAL.

    For a background to the topic, review the GOFC-GOLD training module 2.7.

    Watch the recording of this webinar here

    Tuesday 13.06.2017, 15:00 CEST

    Data management and analysis for NFMS


  • An introduction to cloud computing
  • An introduction to and demonstration of SEPAL's functionality
  • Examples of accessing, processing, analyzing and storing data on SEPAL
  • Erik Lindquist, FAO

    More information:

    The System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring (SEPAL), developed by FAO and Norway is a cloud computing platform for geographical data processing. It enables users to quickly process large amount of data without high network bandwidth requirements or need to invest in high-performance computing infrastructure. Learn how to use the platform for data processing and storing and how to access earth observation data on the system for national forest monitoring activities. This webinar will introduce many components of the SEPAL system which can be useful for your work on forest MRV.

    Background reading and optional preparation: We highly recommend that you participate in the webinar on "area and accuracy assessments" (06.06.2016 - register above), or watch the recording of that webinar when it becomes available. Read more about SEPAL on the github, where you can also find some instructions for use: "How do I get started with SEPAL?", and a tutorial: "How to use the SEPAL Open SAR Kit"

    Watch the recording of this webinar here

    Other related training materials


    World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (WB FCPF)
    UN-REDD Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN-REDD)
    REDD+ partnership
    Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)with funding from the Australian and Norwegian Governments
    GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Office
    Wageningen University (WU)

    Organizing Committee Leaders

    GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office and Wageningen University
    Sarah Carter – sarah.carter@wur.nl
    Martin Herold – martin.herold@wur.nl

    Webinar contact email:

    GOFC-GOLD Wageningen University


    The performance-based climate mitigation framework REDD+ encourages the reduction of emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation, and removals through enhanced forest carbon stocks and improved forest management. These activities should be measured and reported to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); including a process of verification. This requires methodologies for estimating actual emissions and removals and for establishing the reference level. UNFCCC requests countries to build robust and transparent national forest monitoring systems to facilitate the measurement and reporting of forest related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, following the guidelines and guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Various training materials and tools have been developed to support forest monitoring and MRV for REDD+ (see section Content: materials to be used). All of these products aim to support and facilitate country processes, developing of capacities for implementing national systems for monitoring forest area and area changes, the associated carbon stocks and changes; and for other MRV related REDD+ activities.

    In order to make the tools more accessible, several initiatives will be taken as part of this project:

  • Training workshops (4 regional workshops in the tropics)
  • E-learning training materials (PowerPoint presentations and recorded lectures)
  • Webinars

  • Additionally, the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) has been established as an international partnership on forest monitoring and, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) issues for REDD+. GFOI brings together a community of international experts, donors and specialist organisations and provides a forum for them to consolidate their considerable resources in to a more holistic and specialised package of support for REDD+ countries.