Forest Climate Center - an information clearing house on forest and climate in Indonesia
SEKALA is developing a Forest Climate Center to build capacity in independent monitoring, verification and reporting on land cover change and green-house gas (GHG) emissions in Indonesia. The Center seeks to provide independent monitoring and verification for a post-Kyoto mechanism that will potentially compensate developing countries for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation.
This initiative is considered necessary because the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) subsidiary body for scientific and technological advice has stressed that national forest monitoring systems that allow transparent and independent review of their results should be encouraged.
The methodological guidance provided by the subsidiary body for scientific and technological advice also recognizes the need to promote the full and effective participation of indigenous people and local communities in REDD+ and has emphasized the importance of timely and effective capacity-building to ensure successfully implementation of robust monitoring systems.
The Forest Climate Center strives to:
Provide critical information on REDD+ to policy makers and local communities via the Forest Climate Center website (www.forestclimatecenter.org)
Develop capacity in monitoring, verifiying and reporting land cover change by obtaining training and developing expertise in remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), emission monitoring, carbon stock estimation, spatial planning and modelling.
Support and build the capacity of local stakeholders in REDD+, forest monitoring and spatial planning in Central Kalimantan and Jambi.
Funding support for this initiative is being provided by CLUA (Climate and Land Use Alliance), an alliance of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the ClimateWorks Foundation. CLUA aims to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon stocks associated with land use management.
Additional development and maintenance of this website is being organised by SEKALA. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors do not necessarily reflect the views of the funder.
Civil society and local government need accurate and practical information on Indonesian forestry and climate change and access to reliable and appropriate technical assistance. The Forest Climate Center website seeks to meet this demand for information and assistance.
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