A forest with young trees in Cambodia (https://flic.kr/p/QEP8hq)

Ecosystem & Carbon Management

The benefits of healthy ecosystems–including forests and other landscapes–include food, clean water, biodiversity, and climate regulation through carbon management. Globally, deforestation, unsustainable land management, and land degradation threaten these critical ecosystems and contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions.

SERVIR works in collaboration with partners, including Indigenous peoples, to strengthen institutional capacity for sustainable resource management. These collaborations use Earth observations to help partners both mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects.

To inform the sustainable management of ecosystems and carbon, SERVIR co-develops and customizes Earth observations-driven services to enhance regional and national land cover monitoring, invasive species mapping and modeling, forest vulnerability assessment, and  management. SERVIR services address issues such as fire detection, biodiversity protection, and carbon reporting. This includes the development of near-real time deforestation and fire alert systems. The SERVIR network is also supporting countries with their respective  implementation of national Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) systems for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). SERVIR collaborations provide the necessary data and information for results-based payments and ecological forecasting. These services are also tailored to meet a growing demand to certify and ensure access to deforestation-free products.