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Services for the Kyoto Protocol Verification

Definition and development of nation-wide EO services of benefit to actors involved in the reporting on land use, land-use change and forestry for the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol.

Project References
 Title Services for the Kyoto Protocol Verification
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme International Conventions
 Cost €1,000k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (04/11/2002-02/11/2005)
 Sensors ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Landsat 7 : ETM
Project Description

The objective of the Kyoto Inventory project (KYOTO-INV) was to define and implement a nation-wide service of benefit to actors involved in the reporting for the Kyoto Protocol or in trading resulting from the Protocol. The service included provision of monitoring with respect to Afforestation Reforestation and Deforestation (ARD) activities, or more generally land-use change activities.

The Kyoto Protocol encourages activities that result in an increase of the terrestrial carbon stock, and it requires reporting of these changes in the carbon stock based on appropriate measurements and estimations. As a result, there is a need for services that can provide nation-wide monitoring of ARD and other land-use-change activities and reliable estimates of the resulting changes in the carbon stock.

KYOTO-INV developed an operational service supporting the national bodies in charge of reporting on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry activities during the first commitment period 2008-2012. The service was delivered to the mandated Ministry or Government Agency in respectively Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Spain, covering more than 200.000 km2 for three different dates. The processing years were 1990 (reference year), 1997 (1984 for NL) and 2002 .

Phase I of the project (2002 - 2004) developed the service and implemented prototypes in IT, CH, NL, NO and FI. Prototypes were implemented on ten geographically restricted test sites (about 2500 km2 each).

Phase II (2004 - 2005) integrated a new user, the Spanish Ministry of Environment, in the core user group, and developed, validated and assessed the service on a national scale for IT, CH, NL and ES. Around 82500 km2 of Italy and 45000 km2 of Spain were covered, while both Switzerland and the Netherlands were entirely covered (wall-to-wall).

Most activities of the project were thereafter integrated into the GMES Forest Monitoring project (ESA GSE programme).

 Results Space for UNFCCC and the Kyoto Inventory and GSE Forest Monit
Article Schweiz Z. Forstwes May 2004
Forest Environmental Reporting Services
Kyoto-Inventory Project Flyer
Kyoto-Inventory Project Poster
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor INTECS HRT : INTECS Hard Real Time S.p.A.
 Subcontractors AGRICONSULTING : Agriconsulting S.p.A.
NEO : NEO Netherlands Geomatics & Earth Observation B.V.
UNITN DIT RSLab : University of Trento - Department of Informatics and Telecommunication (DIT) - Remote Sensing Laboratory
User Partnership
 Users LNV : Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality
MAAPAR : Ministere de l'Agriculture, de l'Alimentation, de la Peche et des affaires Rurales
MARM : Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs
METLA : Finnish Forest Research Institute
Min. Environment Italy - PIA : Italian Ministry of Environment - Department for Environmental Research and Development - Sector: Global Environment, International and Regional Conventions
MiPAAF : Ministero delle Politiche Agricole e Forestali
NIJOS : Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture - Institute of Land Inventory
SAEFL : Swiss Agency for Environment, Forests and Landscape
Contact Points
 Project Manager Olga Renda
Via Umberto Forti - Polo di Attività
Loc. Ospedaletto - 56121 Pisa ITALY
Tel: +39 050-9657.411
Fax: +39 050-9657.400
 Technical Officer Espen Volden
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
Tel: +39 06-941.80624
Fax: +39 06-942.80552
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