To meet the goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”), the nations of the world must address the approximately seventeen percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (“REDD”) will require transparent accountability for national mitigation action and effective technology sharing. Remote-sensing technologies—primarily utilizing satellite imagery—are an effective means of monitoring and verifying REDD. Although many developing countries currently lack the capacity to make use of remote-sensing technology, the technology is readily available to governments and non-governmental organizations through software programs that analyze publicly-available data sets produced by existing satellites.
Zgoda, Beth. “Standardization Of REDD Monitoring Technology To Level The Playing Field.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Spring 2010,16, 57.