Transparent Monitoring: From Idea to Reality

06 Dec 2021

Transparent monitoring refers to datasets, tools, and portals that support countries’ needs in the land use sector. Transparent monitoring can provide complementary data and approaches to national monitoring systems. Countries, subnational governments, grassroots organizations and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations need to know that transparent approaches can help them promote their agendas and facilitate conflict resolution over forest and land use monitoring and data.

Relevant Resource(s):

  • Boettcher, H., Herrmann, L.M., Herold, M., Romijn, E., Román-Cuesta, R.M., Avitabile, V., de Sy, V., Martius, C., Gaveau, D.L.A., Fritz, S., Schepaschenko, D., Dunwoody, A., 2018. Independent Monitoring: Building trust and consensus around GHG data for increased accountability of mitigation in the land use sector. 112 pp. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. https://doi.org/10.2834/513344
  • European Commission (EC) 2017. Climate mitigation in agriculture and forestry: The importance of transparent monitoring. Leaflet. 2 pp. https://events.globallandscapesforum.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/11/ClimateMitigation-EC-flyer_en_digital2.pdf
  • Romijn, E. V. De Sy, M. Herold, H. Boettcher, D. Schepaschenko, S. Fritz, R. M. Roman-Cuesta, C. Martius, D. Gaveau, L. Verchot, V. Avitabile (2018): Independent data for assessing GHG emissions from the land use sector – What do stakeholders need and think? Environmental Science and Policy 85,101-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2018.03.016
  • Sy V de, Herold M, Martius C, Boettcher H, Fritz S, Gaveau DLA, Leonard S, Romijn E and Román-Cuesta RM. (2016): Enhancing transparency in the land-use sector: Exploring the role of independent monitoring approaches. CIFOR Infobrief No. 156. Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). http://dx.doi.org/10.17528/cifor/006256

Useful Website(s):

  • Johannes Pirker

    UNIQUE land use | IIASA

  • Anne Larson

    Principal scientist, Governance team leader , CIFOR-ICRAF

  • Hannes Böttcher

    Senior Researcher, Öko-Institut

  • Ruth Irlen

    Policy Officer for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management, Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

  • Lauren Cooper

    Michigan State University

  • Martin Herold

    Professor of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University