Validation

REDDAF - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in AfricaGeneral Guidelines for REDD+
are to be Designed

Due to the importance of the REDD+ process in reducing global warming, it is foreseen that future estimates of carbon will be guided by the general principles and procedures valid for annex one countries: transparency, consistency, comparability, completeness and accuracy. Presently, the COP has not yet approved modalities for MRV and interested Parties have been recommended to use existing guidelines.

Three-stage Validation Process within REDDAF

Nevertheless, validation in the scope of the REDDAF project will be viewed within the perspective of a future certification system for REDD+ services and products to assure their quality. A three-stage validation process involving the following steps is foreseen in the REDDAF project:

  • First-party assessment: the conformity assessment of a standard, specification or regulation which is undertaken by the supplier organisation itself or service provider (Self-assessment). In the scope of REDDAF, this is done by the GAF AG and SIRS – the main Service Providers.
  • Second-party assessment: customer/client of the supplier organisation or service provider carries out the conformity assessment. The main users – MINEPDED and MEE will perform this assessment in the framework of REDDAF (User Utility Assessment).
  • Third-party assessment: the conformity assessment is performed by a body that is independent of both supplier and customer organisations. GTG will perform this role in the REDDAF project.

Quality Assurance on Different Levels of Service Development

The following levels of service development will be subject to the different levels of quality assurance and control: input data, image processing, map products, map statistics, and training. It should be noted that quality cannot be merely ascertained by in-process and finished-product inspection or testing. Documented evidence that a process consistently conforms to requirements is necessary.