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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as in many other African countries, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Previously, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had limited technical capacity to produce and utilize data necessary for monitoring forest cover and changes. Since then, the country has established a national forest monitoring system (NFMS) to promote sustainable forest management practices and to take informed policy decisions on reducing forest loss. The FAO elearning Academy webinar “Forest Data and Transparency: ‘Zoom in’ on the Experience of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” will highlight the country’s experience in establishing NFMS, and explore the various ways it has been upscaled and widely used, as a basis for satellite land monitoring systems, in other countries in the region and globally. OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION Give a general overview of the ongoing work being done in the African region on forest monitoring and climate action; Present the “Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency – Forest” (CBIT-Forest) project and its support to the Paris Agreement goals; and Present the work being done in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in relation to transparency in the forest sector. HOW TO JOIN The webinar will take place on Wednesday 23 September 2020 | 14:30 - 16:00 (CEST) It is free and open to everyone, provided you have the link to the platform. To join the webinar session on Zoom, kindly register here: https://bit.ly/2RxLBw5
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