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Capacity Development for Use of Remote Sensing for REDD+ MRV Using Online and Offline Activities: Impacts and Lessons Learned

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Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing, Wageningen University & Research, 6708 PB Gelderland, The Netherlands
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NFM Team, NFO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Climate Change Group, The World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA
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Environmental Accounting Services, 50 Charles Court, Lake Hawea, RD2, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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USGS-Eastern Geographic Science Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite MS-521, Reston, VA 20192, USA
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Academic Editor: Sandra Eckert
Remote Sens. 2021, 13(11), 2172; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13112172
Received: 27 April 2021 / Revised: 23 May 2021 / Accepted: 25 May 2021 / Published: 1 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue National REDD+ Monitoring and Reporting)
Four workshops and a webinar series were organized, with the aim of building capacity in countries to use Earth Observation Remote Sensing data to monitor forest cover changes and measure emissions reductions for REDD+ results-based payments. Webinars and workshops covered a variety of relevant tools and methods. The initiative was collaboratively organised by a number of Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) partner institutions with funding from the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The collaborative approach with multiple partners proved to be efficient and was able to reach a large audience, particularly in the case of the webinars. However, the impact in terms of use of tools and training of others after the events was higher for the workshops. In addition, engagement with experts was higher from workshop participants. In terms of efficiency, webinars are significantly cheaper to organize. A hybrid approach might be considered for future initiatives; and, this study of the effectiveness of both in-person and online capacity building can guide the development of future initiatives, something that is particularly pertinent in a COVID-19 era. View Full-Text
Keywords: capacity building; deforestation; distance learning; earth observation; face-to-face learning; national forest monitoring systems; webinar; workshop capacity building; deforestation; distance learning; earth observation; face-to-face learning; national forest monitoring systems; webinar; workshop
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Carter, S.; Herold, M.; Jonckheere, I.G.C.; Espejo, A.B.; Green, C.; Wilson, S. Capacity Development for Use of Remote Sensing for REDD+ MRV Using Online and Offline Activities: Impacts and Lessons Learned. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 2172. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13112172

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Carter S, Herold M, Jonckheere IGC, Espejo AB, Green C, Wilson S. Capacity Development for Use of Remote Sensing for REDD+ MRV Using Online and Offline Activities: Impacts and Lessons Learned. Remote Sensing. 2021; 13(11):2172. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13112172

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Carter, Sarah, Martin Herold, Inge G. C. Jonckheere, Andres B. Espejo, Carly Green, and Sylvia Wilson. 2021. "Capacity Development for Use of Remote Sensing for REDD+ MRV Using Online and Offline Activities: Impacts and Lessons Learned" Remote Sensing 13, no. 11: 2172. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13112172

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