Technical support to the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority to implement a continuous and multi-purpose national forest inventory

At a glance

2014-12-01 to 2019-09-01
Active programmes
Papua New Guinea
PNG Forest Authority, Office of Climate Change and Development, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Total budget
7,80 M€
GCCA priority area(s)

Papua New Guinea has one of the most significant areas of largely-intact tropical forest in the world. Approximately 60% of the total area of the country is covered by natural forests, but according to estimates made in 2002, the combined annual rate of deforestation and forest degradation is 1.41%. The Forest Authority is the main national institution concerned with the implementation of Papua New Guinea's climate change mitigation and adaptation policies in the forestry sector. A REDD and climate change branch has been created, and national and international expectations are evolving from sustainable forest harvesting towards 'multi-functional sustainable management' integrating climate change, biodiversity and non-timber forest production functions.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
6,000,000.00 €

Overall objective

Contribute to the implementation of Papua New Guinea's climate change policies and measures on mitigation.

Specific objective

Support the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority to implement a continuous and multi-purpose national forest inventory as part of the national forest monitoring system.

The forest inventory is the basis for planning activities in the forestry sector and in particular those related to sustainable forest management. The national forest inventory is a key element of the national forest monitoring system that Papua New Guinea has to establish to participate in the UNFCCC REDD+ initiative. It is developed through a step-wise approach to meet the reporting requirements of the REDD+ phased approach, with the aim of making it one of the main data sources for the PNG national greenhouse gas inventory and providing a foundation for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements for the REDD+ mechanism, as well as a baseline for the five pilot REDD projects currently under preparation.


The capacity of the PNG Forest Authority and the University of Technology-Department of Forestry to undertake a continuous and multi-purpose forest inventory is improved.

The aim of this component is to provide both current and future staff of the PNG Forest Authority and other stakeholders with the technical capability to carry out a multi-purpose forest inventory on a regular basis. Planned activities notably include the design and delivery of field and technical training, the development of training modules for students at the University of Technology, and the development of field procedures for conducting the national forest inventory. NGOs involved in sustainable forest management and forest industry staff are also involved in the training programme in order to extend knowledge at the local level and enhance dialogue between stakeholders.

The first multi-purpose national forest inventory of Papua New Guinea is completed.

Is it expected that the field data collection is combined with the use of a satellite land monitoring system. Once a methodology is developed and the necessary systems are in place, inventory operations are conducted on the basis of semi-annual data collection work plans. Data are assessed for quality, then analysed and processed, providing a basis for the formulation of recommendations to stakeholders. An on-line forest inventory database ise developed. The project is also expected to finance internships for students at the University of Technology to support implementation of the forest inventory.

Studies are undertaken on forest and tree characterisation.

Specific studies are necessary to support the multi-purpose national forest inventory.

Policy dialogue on forestry is enhanced.

A policy dialogue on forestry matters is established through the setting-up of a high-level platform on forest governance and climate change involving the government of PNG, the EU Delegation and the FAO.