Sound quantitative estimates of forest extent and quality are essential for REDD+. The observation of forest change is fundamental to demonstrate emissions reductions that result from respective policies and measures. An important activity promoted by the FCPF is the development of forest reference emission levels (emission baselines) and forest monitoring capacity. Such work requires REDD+ countries to make a variety of technical and policy decisions and advance capacity building and training accordingly. To assist countries in this respect, the FCPF has developed a REDD+ Decision Support that allows users to explore policy, methodological and technological options and a set of comprehensive technical training materials.
The FCPF REDD+ Decision Support Toolbox is a new internet-based, interactive and data-driven decision support tool to help countries build their REDD+ programs. Users can explore options to develop a forest reference emission level and a forest monitoring system, both of which are essential to measure, report and verify the impact of REDD+ interventions.
The toolbox is intended to be used by FCPF countries as they consider key design and technical components of their national or subnational REDD+ programs. It provides practical guidance based on existing REDD+ frameworks including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change the FCPF's Carbon Fund Methodological Framework.
Complementary to the REDD+ Decision Support Toolbox, a comprehensive set of training material was produced jointly with the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) initiative. This training material provides additional more in-depth technical guidance and reference material.This material was developed with a network of international technical experts and peer-reviewers and builds on established international good practice guidance on pertinent methods and technology for forest monitoring. A modular structure allows the material to be used in different settings (workshops or hands-on training) and be tailored to different audiences (REDD+ policy or in-country technical experts). The material includes fourteen technical modules with practical country examples and training exercises.