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The ReCover project aims to develop service capabilities beyond
state-of-the-art, in order to support the fight against deforestation and
forest degradation in the tropical region, in the context of REDD (Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). REDD will be a major
driver in the development of more effective and reliable procedures for
monitoring tropical forests.
Local collaboration strengthens the impact value of ReCover.
Impact through collaboration with local users
The high impact value of ReCover is achieved by working directly for and with users and local research partners.
– Service contents are adapted to user
requirements and are specified in the Service Level
Agreement between the user and service provider.
– User workshops and training support capacity
– Project results are disseminated in collaboration
The long-term service sustainability is also concerned, including evaluation
of the potential of new missions such as the ESA Sentinels.
Biomass and forest cover maps are typical ReCover products.
Focus areas of ReCover research
The ReCover project contributes to the reduction of errors in estimations of the terrestrial carbon balance, arising from uncertain rates of tropical deforestation. This is achieved by developing and implementing satellite image based methods for the monitoring of tropical forests. ReCover research contributes to the MRV (Measurement, Reporting, Verification) process of REDD+, by developing novel methods for:
– The collection of activity data, i.e. the
IPCC-compliant six land use classes: forest land,
cropland, grassland, wetlands, settlements, other
land – Tier 2.
– The estimation of carbon stock per unit area, also
using satellite data to support Tier 3 approaches.
Products resulting from ReCover can also be used to promote sustainable forest management.
The ReCover project is funded under the Framework 7 Theme Space program of the European Commission. The three-year project was launched in November 2010.