Indufor will support the Forestry Commission in the development of its Reference Emissions Levels and Measurement, Reporting and Verification System in Ghana. A contract for a 12-month project, starting at the end of November, was signed earlier this month.
The Government of Ghana has requested technical support in the development of REDD+ Reference Levels (RL) and systems for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) under the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The work will be based on a careful analysis of forest inventory data, historical land use and land cover data, and remote sensing and other monitoring data. The ultimate objective of this program of activities is to develop the in-country capacity through the design of RLs and MRV systems to support climate change mitigation efforts through forest conservation, sustainable management and enhancement of carbon stocks. Reference emission levels benchmark the performance of REDD+ activities and aim to facilitate REDD+ results based payments through a financial mechanism.
Indufor’s overall approach to developing RL estimates and MRV framework for Ghana will focus on the effective utilisation of Ghana’s existing data sets and field work. We will put an emphasis on local capacity development during the assignment by focusing on training and capacity strengthening of the relevant staff of the Forestry Commission, and provide on-the-job training and knowledge transfer during the assignment – so-called “job shadowing”.
Our stepwise approach enhances measurement and monitoring capacities which are consistent with the IPCC good practice guidance. The approach to delivering the project will be split into two sections: 1) development of reference levels; and 2) measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) framework design.
We are partnering with two local companies, Geoinfo System Developers (GISD) Ltd and ForestConsult Ltd, for securing successful transfer of knowledge and effective implementation of this assignment.