The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in collaboration with partner universities in Tanzania and partner institutions in Norway have recently concluded on more than four years of research and development on a broad specter of REDD+ issues in Tanzania. Monitoring of deforestation and capacity building in the field of forest monitoring have been significant parts of these activities.
On October 29 we wish to share some of these experiences with you and take a broader look at lessons learned in other parts of the world. We also want to provide a brief look into the scientists’ laboratory: “what can we expect in terms of new technical opportunities for improved forest carbon assessment in the future?” We also want to highlight some of the co-benefits that seem to be overlooked in the current REDD+ debate: the connection between forests and carbon storage on one side and pollination of agricultural crops on the other – the latter being another environmental challenge faced in our time. Some of these aspects will be detailed in two doctoral dissertations taking place on October 28 and October 30. People are welcome to attend these dissertations as well.
Organizer: Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Time: October 29, 10:00 – 15:00
Place: Studentsamfunnet i Ås, Olav L. Moens plass 1, Ås
Registration: per email to Terje Gobakken (terje.gobakken at nmbu.no) before October 20.
Moderator: Prof. Erik Næsset, NMBU
1000-1020 Dean Øystein Johnsen, NMBU, Opening remarks
Policy issues for REDD+ and MRV
1020-1040 Prof. Ole Hofstad, NMBU, REDD+ policies and land use
1040-1100 Dr. Pete Watt, Indufor, New Zealand, Implementing MRV from scratch – some lessons learned in Guyana
1100-1120 Prof. Ørjan Totland, NMBU, REDD+, co-benefits and biodiversity: examples from carbon storage and crop pollination
1120-1140 Prof. Rogers Malimbwi and Prof. Eliakimu Zahabu, SUA, Experiences with the REDD+ – policy issues and challenges: case Tanzania
Current issues in forest monitoring for REDD+
1240-1300 Prof. Arild Angelsen, NMBU, How to set reference levels for REDD+
1300-1320 Prof. R. Malimbwi (SUA), Prof. E. Zahabu (SUA), Prof. Tron Eid (NMBU), Towards monitoring of forest degradation – development of biomass models for Tanzania
1320-1340 Prof. Timo Tokola, University of Eastern Finland, Finland’s engagement an experience with establishment of forest monitoring in tropical countries
1340-1400 Dr. Ross Nelson, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Towards global assessment of biomass – where do we stand and what is lacking: future space missions and their prospects
1400-1420 Prof. Terje Gobakken, NMBU, Recent experiences with advanced technologies for forest monitoring in a developing country: Tanzania
1420-1430 Senior Adviser Karine Hertzberg, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Eight years of REDD+: NICFI’s perspectives on knowledge gaps