Within support of the UN-REDD Mongolia National Programme, three national consultants are currently conducting three training courses for forest unit staff and forest engineers in Tosontsengel town, and Vocational Training Centres in Bulgan and Khentii provinces. The focus of the training was basic data collection methods and improving database management.
The training including basic data formulation, how to combine forestry activity data with GIS data and data input into the National Forest Information System, which is housed at the Environmental Information Centre (EIC) of Information and Research Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IRIMHE) in Ulaanbaatar. The training started on 15 October and is expected to be completed on 01 November. More than 40 forest unit staff and engineers from 16 provinces are participating.
As a result of the training, the participants will have the skills necessary to complete required data input into the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) to track forest carbon emissions, and report emissions under the MRV component of the NFMS. Furthermore, their new skills should significantly improve the quality of FRL reports to be submitted to the UNFCCC in the future (Mongolia submitted its first FRL in January 2018 and provided a modified FRL to the UNFCCC in June 2018).