Scientific Workshop - June 5, 2023 in Bonn, Germany

An unprecedent amount of data is currently generated and made available for assessing land use dynamics. The increasing amount of data has also led to the development of several tools for data analysis for specific purposes. This large amount of information causes confusion, competing definitions and misinterpretation. Users rely on access to a diversity of inter-operable approaches, datasets, and initiatives. Such approaches, referred to as transparent monitoring approaches, can help to detect, anticipate, and resolve potential conflicts or discrepancies between datasets.

At our international scientific workshop, we aimed to shed light on ongoing developments and trends, that are likely to shape transparent monitoring approaches in the future. The following exciting speakers joined the workshop to discuss their views on the topic:

Session 1: Earth observation and space borne sensors Session 2: Reporting and carbon accounting Session 3: Turning data into information for national reporting Session 4: Turning data into information for private sector, communities, and NGOs 

Results of the workshop will be summarised in a paper that will present key developments in the field of land monitoring and presenting key messages for practitioners of transparent monitoring from science, policy, industry, and civil society.

Working session with the Steering Committee - May 31, 2022, online

At the Working session the project reported on progress in the case studies, on completed and ongoing activities, and on planned next steps. Steering Committee members were asked to comment on the achievements, progress and expected outputs. They expressed their contentment with progress in case studies but also urged the project team to ensure complementarity of efforts in case studies, to draw general and transferrable lessons and to strengthen linkages to country efforts related to the UNFCCC and other international processes.

The presentation of the project team at the Working session with the Steering Committee is available for download (4.8 MB).

National scoping workshop - November 23, 2021 Towards the Enhanced Transparency Framework for REDD+ MRV in Peru

As part of the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) of the Paris Agreement, countries are expected to present their GHG inventories once every two years and to report information to track progress in implementation and achievement of their NDCs as part of the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF). The ETF aims to improve transparency of climate action for all countries. Monitoring and assessing the impacts of REDD+ will therefore be essential for fulfilling the requirements of the ETF and the Paris Agreement.

The workshop discussed how to improve the transparency and completeness of information needed to monitor and assess REDD+ actions, and launched the Transparent Monitoring project in Peru. More information you can find here.

Project launch event - November 5, 2021 at the Global Landscapes Forum Launchpad, hybrid

Together with representatives of the project team and the project donor BMU we will officially launch our project and reach out to relevant stakeholders. In a series of short interventions followed by a panel discussion we aim to strengthen our understanding about the contribution of a transparent monitoring approach to climate change mitigation in the land use sector and discuss synergies and interactions with other processes and projects in the field of transparency.

Key questions we are aiming at are:

  • What are the advantages of a Transparent Monitoring approach and how can their application contribute to strengthening climate action in the land use sector?
  • How can a Transparent Monitoring approach help countries fulfil their obligations under the Paris Agreement?
  • What will the project deliver and how does it interact with other ongoing work on transparency?

Inception workshop - September 16, 2021, online

The Inception Workshop aimed to present the project to relevant stakeholders. The workshop will support the development of a shared understanding of Transparent Monitoring (TM) and of approaches to evaluate transparency. The project will develop a guidance for TM structured around different entry points (dimensions) to increase usefulnes to different stakeholders. A key role of the workshop was to test the guidance concept.

Participants to the Inception Workshop included the project team, country stakeholders and representatives of partner projects. In a three-hour online meeting the project background and objectives were presented. In two subsequent sessions, the participants discussed the definition of Transparent Monitoring. As a result of the first session, the following definition will guide future work:

Transparent Monitoring is an approach for openness in climate change mitigation in the land use sector that

  • improves processes related to data generation, reporting and sharing,
  • assesses and resolves uncertainties and potential discrepancies between data sets,
  • supports actors in accessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating climate action
towards building shared understanding, building trust, and facilitating collaboration across multiple levels of governance and actors.

In a second session, the project team presented the TM guidance concept. In parallel group discussions the concpet was assessed from the viewpoint of different stakeholders (a technical dimension and a community monitoring dimension). Important aspects for these dimensions were collected and discussed.

The Presentation of the project team at the Inception Workshop is available for download (6.8 MB).