• Independent data for transparent monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions from the land use sector–What do stakeholders think and need?

    Romijn E, De Sy V, Herold M et al.
    Environmental Science & Policy

    Greenhouse gas emissions reduction from the land use sector requires that accurate, consistent and comparable datasets are available for transparent reference and progress monitoring. Through an online survey, we investigated stakeholders’ data needs for estimating forest area and change, forest biomass and emission factors, and AFOLU GHG emissions. Our results show that current open and freely available datasets and portals are only able to fulfil stakeholder needs to a certain degree. We also identify key elements for increasing overall transparency of data sources, definitions and methodologies.

  • Comparing methods for assessing the effectiveness of subnational REDD+ initiatives

    Bos AB, Duchelle AE, Angelsen A et al.
    Environmental Research Letters

    Subnational REDD+ initiatives present an opportunity to compare different approaches to quantifying impacts on carbon emissions. This study (1) develops a Before-After-Control-Intervention (BACI) method to assess the effectiveness of 23 subnational REDD+ initiatives in Brazil, Peru, Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia and Vietnam; (2) compares the results at different scales; and (3) compares BACI with the simpler Before-After (BA) results.

  • Remote sensing of land use and carbon losses following tropical deforestation

    De Sy V
    PhD dissertation, Wageningen University

    The need for data on drivers and activities causing forest carbon change have been highlighted as central components in REDD+ readiness efforts. Assessment of direct and indirect drivers on the national level is often lacking or incomplete. This thesis explores the role of remote sensing for monitoring tropical forests for REDD+ in general, and for assessing land use and related carbon emissions linked to drivers of tropical deforestation in particular.

  • Linking community-based and national REDD+ monitoring: A review of the potential

    Pratihast AK, Herold, M, De Sy V et al.
    Carbon Management

    REDD+ countries are required to establish a national monitoring system. Community-based monitoring (CBM) can be useful for tracking locally driven forest change activities and their impacts. In this paper, we review some of the key issues regarding CBM and options to link it to national forest monitoring systems.

  • Synergies of multiple remote sensing data sources for REDD+ monitoring

    De Sy V, Herold M, Achard F et al.
    Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

    Remote sensing technologies can provide objective, practical and cost-effective solutions for developing and maintaining REDD+ monitoring systems. This paper reviews the potential and status of available remote sensing data sources with a focus on synergies among various approaches and evolving technologies.

  • An assessment of deforestation and forest degradation drivers in developing countries

    Hosonuma N, Herold M, De Sy V et al.
    Environmental Research Letters

    Countries are encouraged to identify drivers of deforestation and forest degradation (DD) in the development of national strategies and action plans for REDD+. In this letter we provide an assessment of proximate drivers of DD by synthesizing empirical data reported by countries as part of their REDD+ readiness activities and scientific literature.