Using big data to monitor land use for healthy forests and food production

26 Jun 2020

The land use sector plays an important role in achieving a more sustainable future as forests are key to climate change mitigation, and food production must be ensured for a growing population. This session at GLF Bonn 2020 discusses the role of data in achieving transformational change towards more sustainable and climate friendly food systems. The speakers explore opportunities for better monitoring of land use and associated GHG sources and sinks, including the use of new technologies and global data. Scientists, policy makers and practitioners share their experiences centred around the following themes: sustainable food systems; Near Real Time monitoring; experiences with the IPCC 2013 Wetlands Supplement; the politics of numbers and information sharing. The panel discussion closes on lessons learned, data-related challenges and issues like transparency, power, and accountability.

Originally titled “Leveraging data for transformational change towards climate- and forest-friendly food systems”, this session hosted by CIFOR aired on June 4th, 2020 at the GLF Bonn Digital Conference.

Publisher: GLF

Language: English

Year: 2020

Keyword(s): accountability, climate change, climate change mitigation, data, food production, food systems, forests, GHG sinks, measuring progress, monitoring, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), near real-time monitoring, political ecology, population growth, REDD+, science policy interface, sustainable food systems, wetlands

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Global

  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


  • Christine Lamanna

    Climate Change Decision Scientist, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

  • Veronica Ndetu

    Head of the Climate Change Unit , Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya

  • Martin Herold

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

  • Mikaela Weisse

    Project Manager, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute

  • Marco Arenas Aspilcueta

    National Service for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), Peru

  • Raúl Martin Reategui Suncion

    National Service for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), Peru

  • Belinda Margono

    Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

  • Floriberto Vasquez Ruiz

    Secretary of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development , State of Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Daniel Murdiyarso

    Principal Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

  • Maria Brockhaus

    Group Leader, International Forest Policy and Professor, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki