REDDAF Objectives

REDDAF - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Africa

REDDAF aims at developing EO based forest monitoring services

The European Union Framework Programme 7 (EU FP7) Collaborative Research Project REDDAF (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Africa) aims to develop operational EO based forest monitoring services in Cameroon and Central African Republic and to provide in this way important impetus for the REDD process in both countries.

REDDAF improves deforestation & degradation assessment

The main objective in the REDDAF project which is being implemented from 2011-2013, is to test and provide improved methodologies using both optical and radar EO data for deforestation/degradation assessment in Cameroon and the Central African Republic. Furthermore, the direct assessment of above-ground biomass using RADAR data is investigated. The improved methodologies support the development of operational service chains which can be scaled up to national level and therefore contribute to the current national REDD+ Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) activities in these countries.

REDDAF works closely together with the user communities

The project also emphasizes the importance of involving the user community; the UNFCCC Focal Points in both Cameroon and CAR have supported and endorsed the REDDAF concepts and objectives in specific Service Level Agreements (SLA). The main Ministries involved are the Ministry of Environment and Ecology (MoEE) in CAR and the Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) in Cameroon. The user community will be involved in various aspects of the project tasks and activities - from the User Requirements Analysis to Service Development, Validation as well as Dissemination and Training. Thus, the REDDAF project can ensure that the user needs and requirements are met and will deliver important impetus for the REDD process in Cameroon and CAR.

REDDAF promotes the REDD process in CAR and Cameroon considering the respective national context

The REDDAF project aims to integrate the project results in existing national and regional forest policies with consideration of the existing institutional framework and capacities. The project is thus implemented along the following tasks:

  • Requirements: Initial assessments of country specific user requirements to identify the needs of stakeholders in terms of instituting REDD projects
  • Research and Methods Development: R&D in the key sectors of deforestation mapping, forest degradation mapping and mapping of above-ground biomass
  • Service Development and Integration: Improvement of existing operational processing chains based on the research results for the development of deforestation, forest degradation and above-ground biomass products
  • Validation and Proof of Concept: Implementation of an end-to-end verification of all processes in the service production chain
  • Technology Transfer/Capacity Building: Activities to ensure that project results, methodologies and lessons learned are provided in a manner to best support the work of national and regional counterparts

REDDAF is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC and managed by its Space Research Unit of the Research Executive Agency (REA). The project started in January 2011 and will end in 2013.