INSPIRE Knowledge Base

GSE Forest Monitoring

GMES Service Element "Forest Monitoring"
GSE Forest Monitoring
Mission and Objectives: 
GSE Forest Monitoring is a European Space Agency (ESA) funded project. It is part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Services Element (GSE). The GSE Forest Monitoring (GSE FM) consortium was set up to address the policy related demands for securing the ecological functions in the forestry and land-use sector. The first stage (2003-2004) consolidated services related to information needs of environmental policies such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The second stage (2005-2008) focused on the scaling-up of consolidated services. The third stage (2009-2012) is focusing to address the policy related demands for REDD+ in developing countries based on EO data.
Formal Mandate: 
Mandate provided by ESA for the REDD Extension of the Earthwatch GMES Service Element
The main activities are the scaling-up and implementing GSE services according to users needs with respect to forest information services. This includes the following tasks: (a) User Federation & Strategic Planning, (b) Service Network Coordination, (c) Service Provision & Qualification, and (d) Service Portfolio Evolution. The services can be grouped into the following categories: (1) Pan European Forest Monitoring Service, (2) Support to National UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol reporting on LULUCF activities, (3) Forest Information Update at National and Sub-national scales, (4) Support to Environmental Monitoring at National and Sub-national scales, (5) Detection and Post-monitoring of natural and human-induced forest disturbances, (6) Services supporting management and reporting obligations of LULUCF CDM projects and (7) Services related to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+).
The "GSE Forest Monitoring" consortium is led by the prime contractor GAF AG. The consortium consists of a large number companies and public institutes or administrations, which are involved as service providers, research partners, system partners or end users.

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    research & private sector
    Specific Expertise
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Several mapping projects e.g. CORINE Land Cover 2000
    Environmental application domains
    Forest Monitoring
    Primary Business
    Remote Sensing and GIS
    INSPIRE Data Themes