Regional Forest Obervatories



Past ReCaREDD workshops
September 2017 Ispra, Italy with CNIAF, Republic of Congo

As part of the ReCaREDD project, a week-long workshop was organized in Ispra, Italy from the 11th to the 15th September 2017 with two experts from the Republic of Congo (Coordination nationale REDD and CNIAF) and a consultant from FAO. The objective of the workshop was to work on a pilot exercise to estimate emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation for two provinces of the Republic of Congo: the Likouala and the Sangha.

Mars 2017 Ispra, Italy

Suivi de la dégradation des forêts d’Afrique centrale et de la cartographie des routes dans la région

September and November 2016 Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Vientiane, Laos and Hanoi, Vietnam

In 2016, three national workshops/trainings have been organized in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam on "Tools and Methods for Monitoring Deforestation and Forest Degradation by Remote Sensing".
In the case of Southeast Asia the implementation of separate workshops and training sessions at national level has been feasible due to the limited number of focus countries, offering some advantages: Firstly, the training could be tailored in order to meet specific conditions and needs of the country, secondly a larger number of national stakeholders could be reached, including representatives from different national institutions, ministries or universities involved in REDD+ monitoring and reporting, and finally, staff from provincial offices of partner organization could participate in the training as well.
The workshops/trainings were scheduled in coordination with the ReCaREDD partners:

  • Cambodia: Phnom Penh at the Institute of Forest & Wildlife Research & Development, on 26-29. Sep. 2016
  • Laos: Vientiane at the Faculty of Forestry of the National University on 22-25 Nov. 2016
  • Vietnam: Hanoi at the Guest House of the Parliament on 20-23. Sep. 2016
The attached report provides a summary of the main contents of the workshop and training.

July 2016 Ispra, Italy

Development of pilot studies to monitor forest degradation.
Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania

June 2016 IDEAM, Bogotá, Colombia

The workshop was held at the Colombian National Institute for Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) in Bogotá, from 1st – 3rd June under the aegis of the ReCaREDD project, funded by DG DevCO. IDEAM is the Colombian REDD focal point. The goal of the workshop was to discuss Colombian forest degradation processes and possible remote sensing – based assessment methods. This debate had already been started at the ReCaREDD South America workshop in Ispra (2015) with a limited number of invited local experts. At IDEAM, some 30 researchers attended the workshop, including several researchers from the Colombian Amazon Research Institute (SINCHI), from the National University at Bogotá, and from Rutgers University (USA), and thus composing a broad audience to discuss with. During the workshop, the latest research findings at the JRC with respect to tropical forestry and remote sensing were presented. Different concepts and drivers of forest degradation in Colombia and the possible role of remote sensing were presented by and discussed with the participants of the different institutions. One workshop day was dedicated to the introduction and the training of the newest version of the JRC IMPACT Toolbox, with an emphasis on Sentinel-2 data processing and forest degradation assessment. The training followed by a general discussion on the possible developments of IMPACT and the way forward regarding forest degradation assessment, and on the relation of the assessment with the ongoing Colombian National Forest Inventory. In practical terms, the next steps were discussed with respect to the ReCaREDD project.

June 2016 Ministry of Environment, Quito, Ecuador

The ReCaREDD workshop was held at the UN building in Quito from 6th-8th June with 18 participants of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment. The Ministry of Environment is the Ecuadorian REDD focal point. The goal of the workshop, in consistency with the workshop in Bogotá, was to discuss Ecuadorian forest degradation processes and possible remote sensing – based assessment methods. This debate had already been started at the ReCaREDD South America workshop in Ispra (2015) with a limited number of invited local experts. In Quito 18 participants from the Ministry of Environment took part at the workshop. 80 GB of Sentinel-2 data were delivered to the workshop participants. JRC ForObs research was presented, followed by talks of the Ecuadorian participants on the National Forest Inventory, the process of defining the REDD+ Forest Reference Emissions Level (FREL) for deforestation, the environmental datasets as input for this task. The JRC IMPACT Toolbox was presented to the audience, six exercises were jointly worked through. The next steps for methods development regarding forest degradation assessment were discussed and the future joint activities in the ReCaREDD context discussed.

May 2016 Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Define pilot studies.
Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo

April 2016 EMBRAPA Florestas, Curitiba, Brazil

The workshop was held at the headquarters of EMBRAPA Florestas in Curitiba/Colombo from 13th – 15th April, as a follow-up of EMBRAPA’s visit in Ispra in November 2015 (supported by the 8th EU-Brazil Sector Dialogues Programme). EMBRAPA Florestas is responsible for the development of a remote sensing – based methodology for the ‘Landscape Approach’ as part of the currently ongoing Brazilian National Forest Inventory. In this context, the newest version of the JRC IMPACT Toolbox was presented to EMBRAPA’s team. IMPACT is an essential tool integrated in the methodology of the ‘NFI Landscape Approach’, which should at some stage be applied to more than 5.000 sample units. Eight researchers from EMBRAPA Florestas attended the workshop.

April 2016 INPE, São José dos Campos, Brazil

A three-day workshop, attended by 15 researchers, was held at the INPE Remote Sensing department, the main topics discussed were the possible usage by the JRC of the new version of INPE’s TerraLib segmentation software, the presentation of the new version of the JRC IMPACT Toolbox, several joint INPE-JRC research projects (long-term forest cover change assessment in the Amazon, selective logging monitoring in Mato Grosso State), and, in the general the way forward of the remote sensing – based forestry research collaboration between the two research centres, with a specific focus on forest degradation monitoring. INPE is responsible for the technical aspects regarding the Brazilian REDD reporting.

March 2016 Nairobi, Kenya

Review results of September workshop – provision and processing the first Sentinel 2 data
Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda

November 2015 Bangkok, Thailand

ReCaREDD Training ‘Training on Remote Sensing and Change Detection for Forest Monitoring’ organized by SilvaCarbon (USAID) ReCaREDD (JRC) for countries in continental Southeast Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, 9 -20 November 2015 The objective of the training was to build remote sensing capacity in the countries of the region. The training aimed at helping countries in Southeast Asia with their ongoing work on preparing forestry data for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and for reporting in the context of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

September / October 2015 South America Workshop in Ispra

The ReCaREDD South America workshop was held at JRC, Ispra, from 28 September - 2 October 2015. The workshop was organised in order to create a forum for a meeting of experts from the ReCaREDD South American focus country Colombia and the two ReCaREDD associated countries Brazil and Ecuador with researchers from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to discuss issues of remote-sensing – based forest degradation monitoring in the context of the REDD+ mechanism.

As part of the workshop, recent research activities from the South American participants were presented as well as current research of the JRC ForObs project. In the JRC presentations, methods (in development) for assessing forest degradation were presented and discussed. In addition, the first (preliminary) image datasets were shown from the new European optical satellite sensors Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2; the latter being one of the main future data sources for forest degradation monitoring.

September 2015 Nairobi, Kenya

Review of status of forest monitoring, processing Landsat data and providing regional statistics on forest change with Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda

July 2015 Dar es Salam, Tanzania

Preliminary meeting to seek participation of the Tanzania Forest Service

June 2015 Bangkok, Thailand

Regional Workshop “Moving on from Experimental Approaches to Advancing National Systems for Measuring and Monitoring Forest Degradation Across Asia” 16-18 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. It was organized jointly by LEAF (USAID), ReCaREDD (JRC) SilvaCarbon (USAID), UN-REDD, and United States Forest Service (USFS). The aims of the workshop were to build common understanding of the rationale for measuring and monitoring forest degradation and using this to examine forest degradation definitions and issues of cost-effectiveness; to exchange country information on methodologies and technical approaches, their current operational status and utility for estimating GHG-emissions at the national level; to review international developments in measuring and monitoring forest degradation and opportunities for advancing country led efforts; and to complete a degradation measuring and monitoring decision framework that considers critical decisions, key components and resourcing (human and technical) necessary in developing a functional plan for measuring and monitoring forest degradation at the national level.

April 2015 Ispra, Italy

Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic of Congo and Ivory Coast

January 2015 Nairobi, Kenya

Discussions with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) for being contact points for ReCaREDD in East Africa and the Horn

November 2014 INPE-CRA, Belém, Brazil

One-day workshop at The INPE Regional Center of the Amazon (INPE-CRA) to present ReCaREDD and talk about the possible involvement of INPE in the project

November 2014 IDEAM and SINCHI, Bogotá, Colombia

Two-day workshop at IDEAM for more detailed planning of the ReCaREDD project. Visit of the Institute of Scientific Investigation for the Sustainable Development of the Colombian Amazon (SINCHI) as potentially interested research partner within ReCaREDD.

March 2014 IDEAM, Bogotá, Colombia

A three-day workshop was organised by IDEAM and the FAO/UN-REDD office in Panama. On this occasion the ReCaREDD project was presented and officially taken on board by IDEAM. The present members of FAO Colombia, UNEP, The Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), and SilvaCarbon (US) were made aware of the project.