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Pilot Project for the Development of Integrated MRV Systems in the SADC Region
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) which comprises 15 Member States in the region is covered by an estimated 357 million hectares of natural forests or 75% of the total land area. The region contributes about 31% to the total deforested area in Africa, with the main causes of deforestation being agricultural expansion, timber exploitation, and population growth. In order to better manage these forest reserves, SADC required a regional REDD+ MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Ve- ri cation) system using an ecosystem approach with the aim to harmonise methods for the Member States. A pilot project with the support of GIZ (Germany) was implemented from 2012-2015 to prototype and test methods for geo-spatial monitoring and ter- restrial inventories within a regional MRV.
The main objective of the project was to develop an IPCC compli- ant forest monitoring system for a regional REDD+ MRV that can be used by the SADC Member States to quantify emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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