Recent years have seen rapid advancement of science and methodologies to help countries monitor their forest and terrestrial carbon. This includes impressive improvements in satellite data availability and quality, along with improved ground, or in situ, measurements, enhanced modeling capabilities, and increased knowledge through research. Ongoing research and international collaboration is particularly critical now for comparing methodologies and identifying good practices and approaches relevant to a variety of country circumstances.
With this in mind, United States federal agencies have joined together to create the SilvaCarbon program to enhance capacity worldwide for monitoring and managing forest and terrestrial carbon. SilvaCarbon will draw on the expertise of the U.S. scientific and technical community including experts from government, academia, non-governmental organizations, and industry. Working in partnership with developing countries and other partners, SilvaCarbon will enhance worldwide capacity by identifying, testing, and disseminating good practices and cost-effective, accurate technologies for monitoring and managing forest and terrestrial carbon.
SilvaCarbon is a flagship program under United States fast start financing for REDD+ and is a U.S. contribution to the Forest Carbon Tracking task of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
Last updated: November 13, 2013