Thursday, May 10, 2012

Challenges faced by tropical countries in engaging with REDD+

According to a study, most tropical developing countries are struggling to monitor and report their greenhouse gas emissions from forest loss, and will need international support to implement the UN REDD+ scheme, according to a study.  The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) scheme aims to reverse forest cover loss and curb related carbon emissions by putting a financial value on stored carbon.  REDD+ was  agreed at Cancun in 2010 and added conservation, sustainable forest  management and enhancing forest carbon stocks to the REDD framework. However, many countries lack the capacity to monitor forest loss and carbon emissions using key technologies such as satellite remote sensing. The study also found that few tropical developing countries had improved their monitoring capacity between 2005 and 2010, with some even losing capacity, such as Burkina Faso and Mozambique.  African countries cited challenges such as  poor Internet connections and satellite, coverage limit and access to data.

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