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Capacity for Copernicus REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Services (REDDCopernicus)


The REDDCopernicus project has been launched in early 2019 under the EU Horizon 2020 (H2020) work program for ‘Research and Innovation (Topic: ‘Copernicus evolution – Mission exploitation concepts’ LC-SPACE-02-EO-2018), aiming at the ‘Preparation of an European Capacity for Improving Forest Monitoring’. The project has a duration of three years and is implemented by a consortium of five European partners, with JRC as one of the consortium members.

REDDCopernicus will focus on the REDD+ policy process and the proposal for the foundations of a European capacity for an operational Copernicus REDD+ Forest Monitoring Programme. This will require the co-ordination and consolidation of a European Capacity for EO based Forest Monitoring (EO FM) with relevant stakeholders, International Agencies, Research Community and Private Sector.

REDDCopernicus activities

  1. Review and synthesis of key policy drivers and existing work/capacities in Europe related to operational and pre-operational EO FM, including also key institutional arrangements pertinent for the implementation of a Copernicus REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Service.
  2. Coordination of results and experiences from existing REDD+ and Copernicus programmes for the identification of infrastructural and research gaps for EO FM on different scales (global to local) resulting in the definition of future Research and Development (R&D) Programmes addressing key gaps and priorities and ensuring complementarity and sustainability of existing programmes.
  3. Definition of an end-to-end operational system for Core and Downstream REDD+ Services which includes organisational and technical specifications; an important component will be products and services that can be processed and/or made available via the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (C-DIAS) Platform.
  4. Raising awareness and showcasing the European capacities in EO FM as well as related user uptake in countries via 2-3 Learning Exercise/Studies in developing countries in different geographical regions.
  5. Dissemination, communication and exploitation of project results to a wide stakeholder audience to ensure that the overall impact and uptake of the project is optimised.
  6. Recommendation of a framework for a Copernicus REDD+ Service/programme to establish long-term European capacity and leadership in this domain.

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