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National Forest Monitoring System

National Forest Monitoring System

PNG’s National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) was designed to provide transparent information on the status of forests and REDD+ implementation in the country. It has two core functions:

  1. To monitor changes within a country’s forests of national policies and measures for REDD+, which will help improve forest management and planning; and
  2. To measure, report and verify (MRV) national scale greenhouse gas emissions and removals in the forestry sector.

PNG’s NFMS, in partnership with the UN- REDD Programme and JICA, builds on existing systems for land use and forest resource mapping in PNG, including TerraPNG and the Forest Resource Information Mapping System (FRIMS).  These systems work together with data from a number of other sectors, as well as time series assessments of forest carbon stock developed through Collect Earth assessment undertaken by PNGFA for the development of the FRL. This information will be linked with ground- based forest measurements through the National Forest Inventory to measure the carbon stocks of PNG’s forests. 

The NFMS will generate data and reports on PNG’s GHG emissions from forests that will be sent to the UNFCCC and form the basis for results-based payments from the international community.

Photo: Papua New Guinea officially launched its National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) web portal
in 2016 to increase transparency of REDD+ system.