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Submitted by Subhash Ashutosh on

It is encouraging to see the mechanism/framework of performance based institutional REDD+ funding taking shape. The biggest challenge for developing countries still remains to develop capacities for forest carbon accounting i.e MRV including construction of RL/REL. I have been associated with nation wide forest cover mapping of India for over a decade and have participated in two NATCOMs to UNFCCC. There are many methodology related issues in use of remote sensing data for forest cover/forest type mapping, stratification, sampling design, error estimation, strata specific biomass expansion factors and emission factors etc. Related to this is the need that every one involved in this task for their respective countries are largely on the same page. A dedicated network of such professional and their regular interaction is very much desirable.