Monitoring of forest cover and forest functions provides information necessary to support policies and decisions to conserve, protect and sustainably manage forests. Especially in the tropics where forests are declining at a rapid rate, national forest monitoring systems are of vital importance. Capacity building efforts are now ongoing to strengthen national forest monitoring in tropical countries. In this theme, we assess the current status and recent changes in national forest monitoring and reporting capacities in tropical REDD+ countries.
Current status and recent changes in national forest monitoring and reporting capacities in 99 tropical REDD+ countries, using 3 indicators “Forest area change monitoring and remote sensing (RS) capacities”, “Forest inventory capacities” and “Carbon pool reporting capacities” for the years 2005, 2010 and 2015.