Fiji: Stakeholders and landowners during the launch of the Fiji National REDD-plus policy unanimously agreed that progress had been made towards the establishment of a national MRV (measuring, reporting, and verification) system.
The two main considerations for forest carbon monitoring were forest area change and forest carbon change. Forest area change is undertaken by remote sensing whereas forest carbon stock measurement is undertaken by means of forest inventory on the ground combined with detailed maps commonly generated through remote sensing.
The Department of Fisheries and Forests, along with its partners in the REDD-plus policy, is currently assessing forest area change and forest carbon change between 1991 to 2001 and 2001 to 2007. The assessment will provide the department with the quantitative carbon balance situation prior to carbon financing. It will be used as a national reference for comparing the carbon balance situation during or after carbon financing intervention.
The assessment was made possible through the technical assistance of the Applied Geoscience and Technological Division of the South Pacific Commission (SOPAC).
Source: Fiji Times