May 21, 2020

Many nations have established national policies to support afforestation initiatives as a means to assist in meeting their climate change commitments. Such schemes include the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), as a voluntary scheme it aims to provide incentives for a range of organisations and individuals to adopt new practices and technologies to reduce their emissions.

Afforestation activities are eligible under the scheme, and participants can earn carbon credit units for emissions reductions. One unit is earned for each tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) stored or avoided by a project. These units can be sold to generate income, either to the government through a carbon abatement contract, or in the secondary market. All participants are required to report on their projects at regular intervals.

For programmes attempted at scale, the assessment process is challenging and time-consuming with the only practical option often to only visit a small subset of areas.

Indufor satellite-based system supports implementing agencies and auditors to better monitor project progress and outcomes. As a first step, satellite imagery establishes the land cover before project implementation and thereafter reports any vegetation changes. The system automatically generates alerts should an area not establish successfully or should forest cover decline, due to fire or drought stress.

Indufor’s solution offers a structured approach to monitoring and reporting afforestation, conservation, and restoration outcomes. Our secure online data portal uses a GIS interface to hold and display monitoring layers and shareable reports that assist in linking project implementers, auditors, and investors.