REDD Web Platform: GOFC-GOLD
GOFC-GOLD is a panel of GTOS (Global Terrestrial Observing System) and its overall objective is to improve
the quality and availability of observations of forests and land cover at regional and global scales and to
produce useful, timely and validated information products from these data for a wide variety of users.
Sourcebook of methods and procedures for
monitoring, measuring and reporting
This sourcebook is the outcome of an ad-hoc REDD working group of GOFC-GOLD (Global Observation of
Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) that has been active since the initiation of the UNFCCC REDD process in
2005. It provides a consensus perspective from the global community of earth observation and carbon
experts on methodological issues relating to quantifying carbon impacts of implementation activities to
reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (REDD).
The Sourcebook is now available under the Doha COP 18 Version. It is to be understood as a living
document. Further methods and technical details can be specified and added with evolving political
negotiations and decisions. Respective communities are invited to provide comments and feedback to
evolve a more detailed and refined technical-guidelines document in the future.
An Assessment of National Forest
Monitoring Capabilities in Tropical Non-Annex I Countries: Recommendations for Capacity Building
In partnership with the Government of Norway, GOFC-GOLD has carried out a study to understand the needs to
monitor REDD in the world's tropical forests. This study examines, in 99 tropical
non-Annex I countries, the current monitoring capabilities and the availability of remote sensing data and
makes specific recommendations for the near term capacity development activities that would be required to
implement an accurate forest area change and carbon monitoring system. Link to study website.
A. Angelsen, M. Brockhaus, W. D. Sunderlin, & L. V. Verchot (2012). Analysing REDD+ -
Challenges and choices. CIFOR report. Bogor, Indonesia.
Herold, M., Román-Cuesta, R. M., Mollicone, D., Hirata, Y., Van Laake, P., Asner, G. P., Souza, C., et
al. (2011). Options for monitoring and estimating
historical carbon emissions from forest degradation in the context of REDD+. Carbon balance and
management, 6(13), 1–7. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-6-13
Herold, M., & Skutsch, M. (2011). Monitoring,
reporting and verification for national REDD + programmes: two proposals. Environmental Research
Letters, 6, 014002.
Hosonuma, N., Herold, M., De Sy, V., De Fries, R. S., Brockhaus, M., Verchot, L., Angelsen, A., et al.
(2012). An assessment of deforestation and forest
degradation drivers in developing countries. Environmental Research Letters, 7(4), 044009 (12pp).
Kissinger, G., Herold, M., & De Sy, V. (2012). Drivers of
Deforestation and Forest Degradation: A Synthesis Report for REDD+ Policymakers (p. 26). Vancouver, BC,
Mora, B., Herold, M., De Sy., V., Wijaya, A., Verchot, L. and Penman, J. (2012) Capacity development in
national forest monitoring: Experiences and progress for REDD+. Joint report by CIFOR and GOFC-GOLD.