EUROSENSE successfully achieved a REDD+ project financed by the Europian Union

 REDDINESS helped Gabon and the Republic of Congo to get ready for a future REDD+ mechanism.

The REDDiness project, led by Eurosense, responded to the European Commission’s (EC) call for increased collaboration between African and European partners through Specific International Cooperation Actions (SICA).

REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) aims at decreasing carbon losses from the forest sector through five activities: reducing deforestation, reducing forest degradation, forest enhancement, sustainable management of forests and forest conservations. Obtaining compensations due to REDD+ presupposes the development of a robust, reliable and transparent forest monitoring system and requires an accurate Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system at the national level.

During two years (2011-2013), REDDiness offered support in the definition and set up of this MRV system in the Republic of Congo and Gabon. The main impact has been the stimulation of the exchange of EO (Earth Observation) knowledge and capacity in the context of forest monitoring between European and African partners.

The project revised the state-of-the-art forest monitoring methods, especially in the field of forest degradation and helped the Central African countries further towards an operational use of EO products and solutions, supporting the sustainable management of forests. This has been performed by analyzing the capacity gaps first and subsequently, building the needed capacity for the exploitation of existing or future GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) and by developing and customizing EO methodologies according to local user needs.

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For more information about the project and its outcomes, please visit the REDDiness website.

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