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ReCover completed in 2013
ReCover was completed in December 2013. The Final Meeting and Users Workshop was held in connection with the COP19 in Warsaw. The discussions with the users and other REDD stakeholders for the continuation and further development of the services have also been completed.
In 2013 ReCover delivered 90 products to users.
The ReCover project aimed at developing service capabilities beyond the
state-of-the-art, in order to support the fight against deforestation and
forest degradation in the tropical region, within the context of REDD
(Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). REDD has been
and will be a major driver in the development of more effective and reliable
procedures for monitoring tropical forests.
Biomass change maps are typical ReCover products.
Focus areas of ReCover research
The ReCover project contributed to the decrease of errors in estimating the terrestrial carbon balance, arising from uncertain rates of tropical deforestation. This was achieved by developing and implementing satellite image based methods for the monitoring of tropical forests. ReCover research contributed 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
Local collaboration strengthens the impact value of ReCover.
Impact through collaboration with local users
The high impact value of ReCover was achieved by working directly for and with users and local research partners. This included:
– Service contents adapted to user
requirements and specified in the Service Level
Agreement between the user and service provider.
– User workshops and training to support capacity
– Project results disseminated in collaboration
The long-term service sustainability was also concerned, including evaluation of the potential of new missions such as the ESA Sentinels.
The three-year ReCover project launched in November 2010 was funded under the Framework 7 Theme Space program of the European Commission.