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JICA-JAXA COP 22 Side Event: Challenge to Climate Change and Forest Conservation using Satellite Data

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 03:00pm - 04:30pm
By maddie_west

This side event aims to discuss possibilities of using satellite data for forest conservation in developing countries and climate change countermeasures on a global scale.  This session will also give a demonstration of the JICA-JAXA Forest Early Warning System in the Tropics (JJ-FAST).

Co-organizers: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Working languages: English and French (simultaneous interpretation)


15:00-15:05: Opening Remarks Representative of the Government of Japan

15:05-15:15: Introduction of the Forest Governance Initiative and Japan’s Support for REDD+ Mr. Kenichi Shishido, Deputy Director General for Forestry and Nature Conservation, Global Environment Department, JICA

15:15-15:25: Report from a Partner Country: Africa Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

15:25-15:35: Report from a Partner Country: South America

15:35-15:45: Efforts in the Field of Forest Conservation by a Development Partner: EU (TBC)

15:45-15:55: Efforts by an Aerospace Agency: TBC

15:55-16:10: Demonstration of the JICA-JAXA Forest Early Warning System in the Tropics (JJ-FAST) Dr. Manabu Watanabe, Associate Professor, Tokyo Denki University

16:10-16:30: Panel Discussion - Possibilities of using satellite data for forest conservation and countermeasures against climate change (Moderator: TBC / Panelists: All speakers of the event)



On December 1, 2015, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced the Initiative for Improvement of Forest Governance at the COP21 to UNFCCC in Paris.  The initiative will create a new JICA-JAXA Forest Early Warning System in the Tropics (JJ-FAST) that tracks deforestation and forest loss with JAXA’s Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2).  The Initiative also promotes capacity development of personnel for sustainable forest management in developing countries and spreading knowledge about good-practices on forest conservation around the world. 

Forest conservation is critical in the fight against climate change.  However, the loss of tropical forests continues unabated due to agricultural expansion, wood extraction, infrastructure expansion, illegal logging and other factors, and implementing measures to stop such losses is a global priority.  JJ-FAST will maintain a constant watch on deforestation and forest loss in tropical regions of the globe and provide open access to its findings.  The system using ALOS-2 can monitor forest cover changes in tropical forests despite the cloud cover that is typically found in such areas. 

With a resolution of up to 50 meters, the findings of JJ-FAST will be updated about every six weeks on average to a website and it is aimed to make the trial version available in late 2016.  It is expected that these efforts will help countries with serious deforestation issues, and in the long term, help control the reduction of forests as an effective measure against climate change. 

With JICA’s technical cooperation in Brazil from 2009 to 2012 and data gathered by ALOS, the predecessor to ALOS-2, illegal foresting was monitored and assistance was provided in near-real-time.  More than 2,000 incidents were discovered and the actions taken contributed to a 40 percent reduction in the amount of forest area destroyed.  JJ-FAST is built on this success and aims to contribute to the global conservation of tropical forests.


Venue: Japan Pavilion
Country: Morocco
Time zone: Universal Time, Coordinated (UTC)
Show in calendar: Yes
Tags: Morocco, UNFCCC, NFMS/REL
Type of event: REDD+ meetings (non-UN-REDD Programme e.g. UNFCCC, FCPF, CBD etc)
Subject: Other
City: Marrakech