Late last year our team helped deliver a workshop on open-source tools in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector.
Workshop participants from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay made good progress towards finding an agreed view on how open-source and collaborative technological solutions might support them in the preparation, improvement, and replication of carbon emissions reporting.
Most countries seem to be moving from reporting to planning in terms of what they require from an MRV system. It was a common theme that existing capabilities would need an upgrade before offering value as a planning tool. Overall, the biggest challenges reported related to data (mostly relating to land cover maps), followed by institutional and then capacity (technical expertise in using MRV).
As part of delivering the workshop, our team used FLINT and FLINTpro to demonstrate how open-source tools can help to overcome these key challenges. The workshop was a collaboration between the World Bank, CONAFOR, AMEXCID, USAID, U.S. Forest Service, and SilvaCarbon.
Read the workshop report here http://bit.ly/wksp-report