Summary of Colorado State University Study Regarding the State of the REDD+ Program in Chiapas

By Ekaterina Alexandrova, Lesly Tulia Aldana Marquez, Jesse Michael Festa, and Maria del Pilar Jacobo Enciso, Alexander Weber


Following international efforts to combat deforestation and forest degradation, Mexico and the GCF member state of Chiapas are in the process of developing their strategies for Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). The Department of Climate Change and Environmental Economy in the Ministry of the Environment and Natural History in Chiapas has been charged with developing the REDD+ vision and, subsequently, the REDD+ strategy for the state. The goal is to build a jurisdictional level REDD+ program, which will monitor and reduce deforestation across the entire state.

Strengthening Indonesian Capacity for Developing National Forest Carbon Inventory, Mapping and MRV Technical Systems

By Alexander Weber, GCF Task Force


On May 8th through the 13th, staff from the GCF Fund visited East Kalimantan and conducted a performance assessment and financial audit of the project titled, “Strengthening Indonesian Capacity for Developing National Forest Carbon Inventory, Mapping and MRV Technical Systems”. Staff visited and interviewed stakeholders from provincial, district, and national level governmental agencies, local NGOs, and local communities during the trip. The project, led by Michigan State University and East Kalimantan in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy, revolves around the implementation of an enhanced forest carbon stock map as well as a technical on-line Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Toolbox.

GCF Training Program Workshop on Statewide MRV in Mexico


Representatives from the State Ministries of Environment from the GCF member states of Campeche and Chiapas gathered on February 27 at a workshop to discuss Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) at the state level. The workshop, supported by funding through the GCF Training Program, included participation of Ecologic, WHRC-MREDD+, CONAFOR-South-South Cooperation, ECOSUR, Pronatura, and other stakeholders that work on estimating biomass and carbon in the states of Chiapas and Campeche.

Carnegie Launches CLASlite Classroom


The Carnegie Institution for Science announced the launching of CLASlite Classroom, a free online course to train users in the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System-lite (CLASlite). CLASlite is software that uses data from Earth observing satellites for deforestation and forest degradation mapping that can run on standard personal computers. The data produced by satellites results in complicated imagery, but the CLASlite method analyzes the images and processes them into maps that can be interpreted by people and most importantly, non-experts. The course provides the knowledge needed to analyze the maps produced by CLASlite in a way that allows for comparisons between maps to ultimately gauge forest change over time. Eligible users that complete the course are provided a free license to CLASlite v3.x.

Biomass Mapping Training of the Trainers

By Augustinus Murdjoko, West Papua


With support from the Forum on Readiness for REDD and the GCF, GCF members in Indonesia from Papua, West Papua, Central Kalimantan, and East Kalimantan attended a Biomass Mapping Training of the Trainers on February 11-12, 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia. The workshop was hosted by the Woods Hole Research Center at the Geospatial Information Agency and offered GCF member provinces the opportunity to increase their technical capacity.

ROW Workshops


On February 5th, the REDD Offset Working Group (ROW) hosted a workshop at Stanford University to discuss key environmental considerations in the development of a REDD offset program including the establishment of reference levels against which emissions reductions should be measured, systems to monitor, report and verify avoided deforestation and degradation, and ways to ensure that programmatic emissions reductions are in addition to those that would have otherwise taken place. A recording of the workshop and other workshop materials are available here.

GCF Partners with Google


The GCF has formalized a partnership with Google to provide GCF members with access to the Google Earth Engine and Earth Builder applications. The tools provide users with a planetary-scale platform for environmental data and analysis, bringing together over 25 years of global satellite imagery that can be used to detect and map deforestation and land use trends.

The Durban REDD+ Outcome

By Gus Silva-Chávez, REDD+ Project Manager and Chris Meyer, Amazon Basin project coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)


In an annual ritual, government negotiators, NGOs and journalists attended the December 2011 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Negotiators in Durban approved technical guidelines for ensuring that reference levels -- benchmarks for measuring progress in reducing emissions from deforestation -- have environmental integrity. EDF had been eagerly anticipating this technical decision going into Durban, these new guidelines will provide a framework and necessary guidelines on how to establish reference levels that are based on science and that can serve as a measuring stick for environmental performance and financial compensation.