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We would like to invite REDD+ practitioners to the FAO/Agreenium/UNESCAP technical webinar on open and transparent forest data for setting the course for green future under the Paris Agreement. This webinar is the fifth in a series of technical webinars and participants are welcome to make comments and ask questions as this webinar is designed to be an interactive session.

Objectives of this session:

• Discuss the importance of the Enhanced Transparency Framework under Article 13 of the Paris Agreement and the contribution of forests
• Introduce the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) to support the Paris Agreement implementation
• Present the CBIT-Forest global project and launch of three brand new E- learning modules of the elearning course “Forests and transparency under the Paris Agreement”


This technical webinar will be delivered by Ms Lisa Hanle (UNFCCC), Ms Milena Gonzalez Vasquez (GEF), Mr Pascal Martinez (GEF) and Ms Rocío Cóndor-Golec (FAO). The event will be moderated by Mr Khalil Walji (FAO) and by Ms Cristina Petracchi, Leader of the FAO eLearning Academy.


Wednesday 15 July 2020 | 14:30 - 16:00 CEST

How to attend:

The webinar is free and open to everyone, provided you have the link to the platform.
To join the webinar session on Zoom, kindly register here.
We suggest you to use Google Chrome in order to join the webinar.
We also recommend you to check your time zone here.

Groundwater Monitoring using Observations from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Missions (June 25, 2020)

Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Groundwater makes up roughly 30% of global freshwater. It also provides drinking water for the world’s population, and irrigation for close to 1/3rd of global agricultural land. Because of this level of reliance, monitoring groundwater is crucial for water resources and land management. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and GRACE-Follow On (GRACE-FO) missions from NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) provide large-scale terrestrial water storage estimation from mid-2000 to present. The mission uses twin satellites to accurately map variations in the Earth's gravity field and surface mass distribution.

GRACE observations have been used for detecting groundwater depletion and for drought and flood predictions. This lightning-style training is designed to answer the demand and interest from the applications community in technologies that can be used to support water resources management. The webinar will provide an overview of the GRACE missions, groundwater data availability, and their applications in the monitoring and management of water resources. This lightning webinar will also serve as the foundation for the upcoming advanced webinar: Using Earth Observations to Monitor Water Budgets for River Basin Management II.

Course Date and Times: June 25, 2020

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will be able to access GRACE data and analyze regional groundwater changes

Course Format: A single, 1.5-hour webinar that includes a lecture and a question & answer session; One session offered in English (11:00-12:30 ET) and one in Spanish (14:00-15:30 ET)

Audience: The content of this training was developed for local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations engaged in the management of water resources, irrigation, and agricultural management.


Understanding Phenology with Remote Sensing (June 30, July 7, 14, 2020)

This training will focus on the use of remote sensing to understand phenology: the study of life-cycle events. Phenological patterns and processes can vary greatly across a range of spatial and temporal scales, and can provide insights about ecological processes like invasive species encroachment, drought, wildlife habitat, and wildfire potential. This training will highlight NASA-funded tools to observe and study phenology across a range of scales. Attendees will be exposed to the latest in phenological observatory networks and science, and how these observations relate to ecosystem services, the carbon cycle, biodiversity, and conservation.

Course Dates: June 30, 2020. July 7,14, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

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Learning Objectives: By the end of this training series, attendees will be able to:

  • Summarize NASA satellites and sensors that can be used for monitoring global phenology patterns
  • Outline the benefits and limitations of NASA data for phenology
  • Describe the multi-scalar approach to vegetation life cycle analyses
  • Compare and contrast data from multiple phenology networks
  • Evaluate various projects and case-study examples of phenological data

Course Format: Three, one-hour sessions

Audience: This training is designed for individuals and organizations interested in using satellite imagery for mapping vegetation health and seasonal patterns. 


Advanced Webinar: Using Earth Observations to Monitor Water Budgets for River Basin Management II (July 21, 28,August 4, 2020)Rivers are a major source of freshwater. They support aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, provide transportation, generate hydropower, and when treated, provide drinking and agricultural water. Estimating and monitoring water budgets within a river basin is required for sustainable management of water resources and flooding within watersheds. This advanced-level webinar series will focus on the use of NASA Earth observations and Earth system-modeled data for estimating water budgets in river basins.Past ARSET trainings on monitoring water budgets for river basins focused on data sources relevant for river basin monitoring and management, and provided case studies for estimating the water budget of a watershed using remote sensing products. This advanced webinar will include lectures and hands-on exercises for participants to estimate water budgets for a given river basin.Course Dates: July 21, 28, and August 4, 2020.Times: 10:00-12:00 & 16:00-18:00 EDT (UTC-4); There will be identical sessions at two different times of the dayRegister HereLearning Objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and access remote sensing and Earth system-modeled data for estimating water budgets in a river basin
  • Explain the uncertainties involved in estimating water budgets for river basins
  • Replicate the steps for estimating water budgets for a river basin and sub-watersheds using remote sensing products and GIS

Course Format: Three, two-hour parts that include lectures and demonstrations, exercises, and question and answer sessions. Each webinar will be broadcast in English with training materials available in Spanish.

Audience: The content of this training was developed for local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations engaged in the management of water resources, river basins, floods, droughts, land development, river transportation, hydroelectric power, and reservoirs.

Join ARSET - NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Programme for a series of open webinars on the utility of satellite radar data in English and Spanish. 

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From Wednesday 22 April 2020 onwards, you are invited to join the Online Dgroups Discussion on: Emissions Reduction Titling and Benefit-Sharing Arrangements



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Regístrese ahora para el próximo seminario web sobre REDD+ y la biodiversidad con motivo del Día Internacional de los Bosques de 2020, que tendrá lugar el 19 de marzo.

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This week, representatives from government and civil society organisations are meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to discuss what actions and resources are needed to operationalise Myanmar’s Safeguards Information System (SIS).

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This training, offered in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will teach participants about global biodiversity-based uses of remote sensing.

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The recording of the webinar on "Empowering Rural and Indigenous women in forest-related climate actions is now online.
You can view the recording here: 

Thursday 30 January 2020 (16:00 – 17:15 CET)

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The Dgroup on REDD+ and Forest Governance, hosted by FAO and supported by the UN-REDD Programme, is happy to announce its third webinar, the first for 2020. 

During the “Empowering rural and indigenous women in forest-related climate actions” webinar, experts and field practitioners will walk us through national and 

international experiences on gender, forestry, and climate change linkages and challenges.

Through the perspectives of the speakers and the reflections from several gender experts, the webinar aims to provide both a conceptual and practical understanding of key issues related to this crucial topic. You are invited to participate interactively in the webinar, by posting your questions and sharing your own views to enrich the discussion.

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The 1995 PNG Forestry Authority Guidelines for Provincial Forest Plans (PFPs) were revised and validated on 13 December in Port Moresby by the PNG Forestry Authority (PNGFA), key government and NGO representatives, provincial administration forestry officers from the targeted provinces.

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Important !!!! From Friday 20 December 2019 until Monday 6 January, the workspace will undergo technical maintenance and migration of the server. Therefore, the workspace might be unavailable during that period. We ask all users not to make updates or upload documents to the workspace until Monday 6 January. !!!

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The UN-REDD Programme and the GEF Small Grants Programme are grateful for the valuable comments and perspectives shared by the contributors to the E-Consultation held between 22 September and 20 October 2019. Many of the views validated the draft Proposal while adding useful insights into how to improve and elaborate the Proposal going forward. The Proposal will be revised to reflect these important contributions. Continued engagement is welcomed and encouraged as the Proposal moves through its elaboration and design phase into implementation.


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The UN-REDD Workspace hosts and Tenure & REDD+ Group to allow knowledge and experience to be shared amongst colleagues. 

Tenure and REDD+ Community of Practice – UN-REDD


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A Gender and REDD+ Group has been set up on the UN-REDD Workspace to allow knowledge and experience to be shared amongst colleagues. 

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In order to protect against these potential risks while promoting benefits, seven safeguards are in place that must be supported throughout the implementation of REDD+ actions. These are known as the "Cancun safeguards", and were agreed to at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate held in Cancun in 2010 (COP16).

Many UN-REDD partner countries are developing safeguards approaches and information systems with UN-REDD Programme support. To help share the latest information on country progress, this page includes links to workshop reports and materials (especially from 2015 onwards) as well as more formally published outputs.

This week representatives from a range of government, civil society and community organisations are meeting in Myanmar to review the country’s first Summary of Information on the safeguards.

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The UN-REDD Programme Collaborative Workspace (, or the workspace, plays an important role in the information management and knowledge management work of the UN-REDD Programme. To improve the functions of the workspace and in order to make it more user-friendly, the KM and Communications Team is organizing a survey. We would be grateful for your participation: 

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The UN-REDD Programme provides countries with reliable and effective technical assistance, capacity building and policy advice to implement specific element of REDD+ required to qualify for the RBP, including National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS), Forest Emissions Level (FREL), National REDD+ Strategies and Action Plans (NSAP) and Safeguards Information System (SIS).

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29 October 2019 (16:00 – 17:30 CET) - Register here

09:00 – 10:30 Panama/Lima (EST)

10:00 – 11:30 Washington DC and NY (EDT)

17:00 – 18:30 Nairobi (EAT)

Agroforestry is gaining new ground in the quest for climate-smart agriculture practices, due to its ability to sequester carbon and mitigate climate change while increasing the socio-economic and environmental sustainability of rural development. However, insecure land and resource tenure is still representing a major obstacle to its promotion and upscaling. 


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With market pressure predominantly from Europe and the United States, palm oil developers are working to ensure that their palm oil productions will meet all requirements and provision of environmental and social safeguards in palm oil development. Their introduced methodologies and tools are assisting in identifying, managing and monitoring of High Conservation Values (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) habitats and forests. 

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