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Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)

The Forest Carbon Tracking Task (GEO FCT) was created to support countries wanting to establish national forest-change, carbon estimation and reporting systems. It will facilitate access to long-term satellite, airborne and in situ data, provide the associated analysis and prediction tools, and create the appropriate framework and technical standards for a global network of national forest carbon tracking systems.

The task follows the guidelines set out by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its outputs will be available to support interested countries in their efforts to implement the Convention. The task is being carried out by a partnership of GEO member governments, key UN bodies, space agencies, the science community and the private sector.

Forest Carbon Tracking name change to Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), November 2013.

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