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JAXA, INPE to cooperate for REDD+ programme

Japan: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciai (INPE), the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research, have concluded a Letter of Intention (LOI) to cooperate in the programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) using JAXA’s Advanced Land Observing Satellite “DAICHI” (ALOS).

Following the REDD+ Partnership Ministerial Meeting that was held, in Nagoya, Japan; it was agreed to develop a comprehensive REDD+ Partnership Work Program up to 2012. In contribution to this agreement, JAXA and INPE will verify the utilisation of the Synthetic Aperture Radar onboard DAICHI to monitor tropical deforestation.

JAXA will transmit Synthetic Aperture Radar data acquired over the Brazilian Amazon to the INPE ground receiving station in Brazil, for INPE to utilise for scientific analysis and real-time monitoring of illegal logging. JAXA and INPE will undertake analysis of high resolution radar data acquired by DAICHI and ground observation data collected by INPE to further improve understanding of the status of deforestation and forest degradation in support of REDD+ and to provide refined estimates of forest carbon stocks.

Source: JAXA