Papua New Guinea (PNG) has taken a global lead in seeking to combat climate change, particularly by introducing the concept of REDD+ into international negotiations at COP11 in 2005. Since then, the government of PNG has been putting significant effort into REDD+ readiness, and particularly the development of a National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS).
PNG has conducted remote sensing (RS) based national forest and land use assessment three times in recent years using different GIS/RS tools and different information sources.Based on this experience, PNG is establishing a robust national NFMS for REDD+, which contains in-country verification using two different GIS methodologies (point sampling and wall to wall mapping) with different tools (Collect Earth and Terra PNG) hosted by different government organizations (PNG Forest Authority and Climate Change and Development Authority). This domestic verification will be an important precursor to PNG’s engagement in international Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) processes for REDD+. PNG’s NFMS system also includes a web-portal to disseminate land use, REDD+ process and safeguard information to public for ensuring the transparency of national REDD+ process.
At the side event, the ͞PNG Forest Monitoring and REDD+ Web-portal͟ will be launched then a discussion session with international panelists will be held to exchange information and opinions on ͞Appropriate GIS/RS technologies for REDD+ NFMS and ensuring transparency͟.
Speakers:- Goodwill Amos, A/Managing Director, PNG Forest Authority
- Zilpah Yahamani, UN-REDD PNG National Programme
- Gewa Gamoga, PNG Forest Authority
- Hitofumi Abe, FAO