FINNMAP Provides Solutions for Paris Treaty 2015
As the world reaches a treaty in Paris Climate Change Conference, FINNMAP continues to develop products and services for climate change mapping, carbon analysis, measuring the effects of weather change and supporting the development of national strategies for climate change.
195 nations came to an agreement during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference which was held in Paris from 30 November to 12 December 2015. It was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
As a result an agreement was reached to rundown carbon emissions in the next 35 years. The main components of the treaty are a commitment from the developed countries to fund the developing countries in their efforts against climate change and to halt the global warming to 1.5°C. In order to reach this global target, an accurate climate change measures and management systems are needed.
FINNMAP has almost 50 years of international experience in nature conservation projects. In 1971 FINNMAP implemented a natural conservation projects in Serengeti Tanzania and has since supported the natural conservation projects in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Recently the focus has been on environmental planning and consultations of climate change strategies as well as development of measurement technologies to evaluate the effects of climate change.
In order to understand the global carbon cycle, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and to create a global carbon market, an accurate and precise carbon analysis is needed. FINNMAP has managed and implemented remote sensing and GIS services for carbon management, especially through LiDAR technology. A carbon sink, especially forests, remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through carbon sequestration. Managing and monitoring this process is key to successfully reaching the Paris Treaty. FINNMAP has experience in such carbon sink management from Laos, Thailand, Nepal and Ethiopia.
FINNMAP has also been actively promoting and developing strategies for carbon offset and REDD+ projects with its partners. In 2014 and 2015 FINNMAP participated in developing of the National REDD+ Strategy in Ethiopia which main components were to advise, strengthen the capacity, and build awareness of stakeholders in Ethiopia involved in REDD+. Only through workable national strategies can global goals be achieved.
The global will to stop climate change has now been demonstrated in Paris and it is time to start implementing the needed solutions.