Capacity for Copernicus REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Services

REDDCopernicus focusses on the REDD+ policy process and designs the foundations for

an operational Copernicus REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Service Component

The European Union’s Copernicus Programme and its fleet of Sentinel satellites provides cutting edge Earth Observation (EO) instruments and tools for monitoring of global forests, provide global EO data, free of charge, with high resolution, frequent acquisitions and a long-term mission continuity, ideally suited for Forest Monitoring System for REDD+ and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).

The future Copernicus REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Service Component, which is defined within the REDDCopernicus Project, will provide relevant Core Services and Products meeting the requirements REDD+ and Sustainable Forest Management which can be adopted by Users and adjusted to meet National requirements.

The European Earth Observation Science and Service Provider Community has the technology and the capacity to provide state of the art EO Forest Monitoring, REDD+ and SFM Core Service products on a regular basis as well as to derive nationally adjusted services according to the User requirements.


What we do

REDDCopernicus aims to consolidate a European Capacity for Earth Observation based Forest Monitoring (EO FM) and coordinate with relevant Stakeholders, International Agencies, the Research Community and Private Sector.

The Project Design combines the understanding of policy and User requirements as well as the institutional and technical challenges to be solved for a successful implementation of a future Copernicus REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Service Component. In order to cover all aspects, the project work has been designed along its five main Tasks shown below.

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Assessment of Requirements and Capacities
  • Stakeholder Requirements and Policy Review

  • Consultation and Review of Existing Capacities in Forest Monitoring

  • Initial Design of Copernicus REDD+ and Forest Monitoring Service Component

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  • Learning Exercises and Studies with Users

  • Coordination and Knowledge Exchange with International Initiatives

  • Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation

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  • Organisational Specifications

  • Technological Specifications

  • Framework for Implementation

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Research and Infrastructure Gaps
  • Research Priorities for Copernicus REDD+ Operationality (Dry and Humid Tropics)

  • Research Priorities for European Sustainable Forest Management

  • Infrastructure Developments for the Space and Ground Component.

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Who we are

REDDCopernicus is implemented by a Consortium of five European partners, with GAF AG as Project Coordinator. The Consortium also includes EC-JRC (Italy), SIRS (France), Wageningen University (Netherlands), and VTT (Finland).

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The Consortium members are leaders in the domain of Earth Observation and well experienced with the main scientific efforts aimed at addressing technical and methodological challenges related to EO Forest Monitoring both in the tropics and Europe.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – Space, Coordinated Support Action under Grant Agreement No 821880.

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