World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility joins Global Forest Observation Initiative (GFOI) Leadership
News / 24 January 2018
The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) is pleased to welcome the World Bank as part of its Leads Group. The World Bank will be represented in this role by its Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The Leads Group is the GFOI’s guiding body and includes representatives from Australia, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. The FCPF brings key expertise and reporting forums to the Initiative, and GFOI looks forward to working together to support REDD+ countries in developing their national forest monitoring systems and associated emissions measurement, reporting and verification procedures.
The addition of the FCPF to GFOI's leadership is the latest in a series of advances for the Group on Earth Observation's (GEO) Flagship Initiative with ESA and the United Kingdom also joining the group in recent times. In September 2017, GFOI announced its contribution to reaching a major milestone in the monitoring of forests from space from multiple satellite sensors, confirming that - for the first time - all countries now have the necessary data for annual forest monitoring. Also in September 2017, GFOI and the University of Melbourne launched a Masters’ level short course on MRV for REDD+ for participants from Indonesia and previously Pacific Island countries. These developments represent a significant expansion for the Initiative as it enters its second phase with an increased focus on supporting developing countries to operationalize their forest monitoring systems and enable participation in REDD+ and related fora.
GFOI’s 2018 Plenary will be held in Bogotá, Colombia during the week of 12 March 2018. Those interested in attending can find more information online.