Overview of Forest Monitoring and Measurement Systems [1]

Ecuador is one of the first countries to complete the National Forest Monitoring System process and have its Technical Annex successfully analysed by the UNFCCC, enabling the country to receive results-based payments for REDD+. The UN-REDD Programme continues to provide technical assistance to the Government for the result-based payments phase, and is collaborating in the development of Ecuador’s national determined contribution (NDC). In 2017, the Programme provided support to define the guidelines and management model of the NFMS and clarify the roles and responsibilities of the entities involved in the NFMS. As a result, two legal reports have been developed, focusing on the legal and institutional analysis of the environmental/forest legislation related to the NFMS, and on a comparative analysis of NFMS national legislation of Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico.

In addition, a characterization of the different systems linked to the NFMS has been developed to identify and describe the information systems and platforms able to facilitate the exchange of data for the NFMS. These reports were prepared based on interviews with the Ministry of Environment and consultation meetings that were organized to share preliminary results. The Programme’s support in this area centred on drafting the articles related to the NFMS to implement the Environmental Code.

Total Forest Carbon
1 M MtC
Reference Levels and Targets
Deforestation Reference Rate
48 km²/yr 2016 - 2020
Potential Annual CO₂ Avoided
Rio Branco Declaration Deforestation Reduction Goal
0 km²/yr 2020
Deforestation Dynamics Monitoring
Deforestation Rates
UN REDD 2017