Topic outline

The objective of this course is to learn about the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) under the Paris Agreement. It will be useful to those wishing to understand the importance of forest-related data collection, analysis and dissemination in meeting the Enhanced Transparency Framework requirements.

Originally published in June 2020. Updated in February 2023.


Individuals who would especially benefit from taking this course include: 

  • Heads of national forest authorities or ministry.
  • Climate or forest officers.
  • Students in forestry and environmental sciences.

  • The importance of forests in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • The progressive changes in moving towards the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement, illustrating how this could be addressed in the forest sector.
  • The principles and elements which guide the design and operation of a sustainable National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS).
  • The importance of the NFMS to meet the requirement of the modalities, procedures and guidelines of the ETF.

The course consists of  3  lessons, of 30  minutes duration each: 

  • Lesson 1  – The Enhanced Transparency Framework and Forests
  • Lesson 2  –  The National Forest Monitoring System
  • Lesson 3 – Forest data for the Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement 

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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