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BlackBridge to develop methodologies for forest degradation monitoring

(Nov 2015) BlackBridge is the leading partner of the project ForMoSa, an Innovator III project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) through the Data User Element.

The project aims at developing methodologies for forest degradation monitoring and algorithms for sensor interoperability in the frame of REDD+ MRV. For this project, BlackBridge has teamed up with Wageningen University and FAO, two world-class organizations with an active involvement in REDD+. Wageningen University provides scientific support for the development of novel approaches for deforestation and forest degradation monitoring, whereas FAO’s role in this project is to validate the outcome methodologies and results from the test sites in Peru, Vietnam, and Ethiopia.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us to develop methods and workflows to further increase the usefulness of EO data for REDD+ MRV. Advancing sensor interoperability and forest degradation assessment will definitely provide some grounds for that,” said Rene Griesbach, project manager for BlackBridge. Inge Jonckheere, from FAO, states,

“Accurate deforestation and forest degradation monitoring are critical to support developing countries in their readiness for REDD+. We are very pleased to participate in this project with top players in this domain and contribute to the development of new EO-based methods to tackle these challenges and share them with the REDD+ countries.”