In the context of the EU’s fight against global warming, the aim of FOROBS is to develop methods to benchmark
the monitoring of forest resources and carbon emissions, with a focus on tropical regions. Assessments are
carried out to gain an improved understanding of how forest resources can meet the competing demands for
economic and ecological services, especially when confronted with increasing threats, such as climate change.
In the context of the monitoring, reporting and verification of forestry emissions in the framework of the
UNFCCC Paris agreement (Dec. 2015) the project’s aim is to further develop and validate reference methods for
the assessment of forest cover changes in tropical regions from Earth Observation data, in relation and with
support to the Copernicus programme. The project focuses on forest degradation and looks at forest regrowth
issues with international (FAO, CIFOR) and national institutional partners in the tropics (national forest
inventory or REDD services from a number of countries or regions). New analysis module are developed to allow
the estimation of carbon emissions from disturbances in tropical forest cover.
FOROBS currently manages the ReCaREDD Project that has as scope to develop, together with organisation from the
tropical partner countries, remote sensing – based methods to assess tropical forest degradation in the context
FOROBS is also involved in the ROADLESS project that maps roads in tropical forests worldwide and assesses their
effect as facilitators of deforestation and forest degradation.