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Work is underway in Sudan to help the country reduce its Greenhouse Gas emissions and pursue low-carbon development through creation and implementation of National Forest Inventory (NFI) as a necessary step towards REDD+ readiness.

Sudanese NFI teams have been in the field in North Kordofan State since May 2017, collecting data under a Technical Assistance Agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and FAO late last year.  Under that agreement, FAO is supporting Sudan’s Forests National Corporation (FNC), part of the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, to also design and implement a measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for REDD+.

Before beginning data collection in the field, the Sudanese teams first developed a field methodology for data collection, participated in capacity-building activities, and were trained on data collection protocols and data entry via FAO-hosted Open Foris. Their field work is expected to expand to all Sudan’s southern states after the rainy season ends.

This FAO-supported work is part of a broader World Bank-funded project aimed at supporting REDD+ readiness efforts. Additional financial commitments from World Bank have allowed the work —which also builds on initial UN-REDD support— to expand and meet priorities set out by Sudan in the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). That includes development of Sudan’s Forest Reference Emission Levels (FREL) and Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHGi).

In fact, under its INDC, Sudan aims to not only reduce GHG emissions but also strengthen national capacity, promote sustainable resource management, facilitate technology transfer, and identify synergies between national economic objectives and sustainable development. Forestry, energy and waste are the main sectors for Sudan’s planned low carbon development interventions.

These efforts also support Sudan in strengthening its national government institutions and the institutionalization of its MRV system, plus eventual development of a satellite land monitoring system. Up to now, the country had lacked a baseline measure for sources of carbon emissions and removals, and had flagged a need for financial and technical support in developing such a baseline.

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National Forest Inventory field work in North Kordofan. Photo: Alyass Ahmed, Remote Sensing National Consultant.

Sudan joined the UN-REDD Programme as a Partner Country in 2010 and was back in time supported on awareness and capacity building activities on REDD+ and engagement of stakeholders such as local communities and the private sector. These efforts helped the country to identify support needs in its early readiness process.

With an area of nearly two million km2, Sudan is the third largest country in Africa. According to FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, 10 per cent of its total land area is covered by forest.


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The launch of the field data collection training in Damazine. Photo: Alyass Ahmed, Remote Sensing National Consultant


Reference: Republic of Sudan. Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, submitted to UNFCCC in November 2015. Link


For more information, please contact Marco Piazza, FAO Forestry Officer, at e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Text contribution by Helena Eriksson, Forestry Officer.

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