MSU GOES Lab Celebrates 3rd International Day of Forests. Theme for 2015 is Forests and Climate Change.
The GOES Laboratory joins the United Nations in commemorating the International Day of Forests, March 21st, announcing an initiative in India to raise awareness of the importance of forests. Together with its partners - IORA Ecological Solutions, Vertiver creative agency, Tetra Tech ARD and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) - GOES Laboratory helped to develop the India Forest Portal Internet site and publicity campaign.
New Award to Work on REDD+ from California Trading Program & US State Dept.
GOES and Forestry scientists will work on REDD+ forest carbon projects in Indonesia to support the California regulatory emissions trading program through the Governors Climate and Forest Fund. Work will be done in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Ministry of Forestry, and National Mapping Agency of Indonesia. The project will develop tools and measurements of carbon in forest biomass to support low carbon forest management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.
GOES Program Begins Cooperation with the Forest Survey of India
GOES program scientists in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University traveled to India to open bilateral cooperation between the Governments of India and the United States for technical assistance on forest carbon inventory for REDD+. MSU/GOES is working with the Forest Survey of India, one of the oldest forest science and management institutions in the world, to build technical capacities to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation, and enhance carbon storage through forest management.