The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook , a Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation was released during the GFOI Plenary 2019 will be held in Maputo, Mozambique between April 8 and 11 April 2019. This Handbook contains a collection of state-of-the-art methods and theoretical background to facilitate the use of SAR data for forest monitoring and biomass estimation. The SAR Handbook was edited by Africa I. Flores-Anderson, Kelsey E. Herndon, Rajesh B. Thapa, and Emil Cherrington.
Chapters were authored by SAR experts Franz Meyer, Josef Kellndorfer, Paul Siqueira, Sassan Saatchi, Marc Simard, and Hans Andersen. SERVIR hub point-of-contacts contributed greatly to the international trainings and material development, especially Phoebe Oduor (RCMRD/SERVIR-Eastern & Southern Africa), Bako Mamane (AGRHYMET/SERVIR-West Africa), Rajesh Thapa (ICIMOD/SERVIR-Hindu Kush-Himalaya) and Nguyen Hanh Quyen (ADPC/SERVIR-Mekong). The objective of the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) is an informal partnership to coordinate international support to developing countries on forest monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation procedures for REDD+ and related activities. Through collaborative action, GFOI aims to provide a larger and more targeted package of support than any one partner can provide alone.
The Plenary included an open forum, component meetings, exhibitions and much more. RCMRD/SERVIR-Eastern & Southern Africa's Phoebe Oduor and Lawrence Okello participated in the the GFOI Plenary 2019. SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations around the globe to provide satellite-based earth observation data and science applications to improve environmental management and resilience to the impacts of climate change by developing the capacity of government agencies, institutions, and other key stakeholders to use and integrate geospatial information and technology into their decision-making processes. SERVIR has been partnering with SilvaCarbon initiatives and the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) to leverage its capacity building efforts.
GFOI has been established as an international partnership on forest monitoring, and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) issues for REDD+. GFOI brings together a community of international experts, donors, and specialist organizations, and provides a forum for them to consolidate their considerable resources into a more holistic and specialized package of support for REDD+ countries. GFOI is currently conducting a series of train the trainer workshops with a range of REDD+ related guidance and training material with the aim of enabling participants to further disseminate the knowledge and insights gained to and train other relevant people who are involved in REDD+ monitoring and reporting in their country, in order to further build their capacities.