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MRV4C Final Demonstration and Closing Event (English & Spanish - Online, 18th May 2021)

On May 18th 2021, GMV NSL held the final remote demonstration with key actors in the cocoa agroforestry sector of the Dominican Republic. The aim of the demonstration was to showcase the final results and products developed, to give a demonstration of the MRV4C IT Tool with practical examples, to receive feedback on the project and the products, and finally to explore future opportunities and ways forward after the MRV4C project. The event took place using Zoom and was simultaneously translated by a professional translator. The demonstration was organised online, because the travel ban due to COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the event in the Dominican Republic.

Different stakeholders/entities participated including several members from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, the World Bank, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, DR Cocoa Foundation, CONACADO, members from the Negotiation Department General Directorate of Bilateral Cooperation Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPYD) and from the Center for the Development of Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry – CEDAF.

 

MRV4C Technical Meeting (Spanish - Online, 9th April 2021)

On April 9th, a meeting was held in Spanish to discuss the validation in a less technical way but still providing extensive information related to the validation procedure. During this meeting, key feedback was received from the DR Cocoa Foundation in relation to the cocoa classification. After the meeting, GMV NSL delivered a new version of the new validated products as well as some updates of the products already delivered in December after the first remote demonstration. All the presentations were made available to the stakeholders.

 

MRV4C Technical Meeting (English - Online, 29th March 2021)

On March 29th, GMV NSL held a technical meeting in English in order to present the validation procedure for some of the products (cocoa suitability, cocoa classification, deforestation, and biomass products). Feedback was received after the event from people participating in the meeting and additional data was provided in order to improve the validation of the cocoa classification. All the presentations were made available to the stakeholders.

 

MRV4C Web Platform Demonstration (Online, 10th December 2020)

On December 10th, 2020, GMV NSL held the first MRV4C remote demonstration meeting with key actors in the cocoa agroforestry sector of the Dominican Republic. The meeting aimed to report progress and demonstrate the MRV4C Web Platform developments carried out during the MRV4C project. MRV4C ("A Monitoring, Measurement, Reporting and Verification System for Cocoa sector in the Dominican Republic”) is a project funded by the European Space Agency addressing activity line 6 "Earth Observations (EO) for Sustainable Development. MRV4C aims to enhance the use of Earth Observation  (EO) and EO-based tools for supporting sustainable management and decision making in the cocoa agroforestry sector, as well as to support REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation) activities in the country.

The Demonstration was organised online, because of the travel ban due to COVID-19. Numerous stakeholders participated including several representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, the World Bank, and from Climate Focus. The event opened with speeches by Dr. Elsa Carla De Grandi, the EO project manager, and Dr. Ana Sebastián- López, Business Development Manager for EO, outlining the project’s progress. The Earth Observation-based products presented consisted of a land suitability map for cocoa agroforestry, a product to identify drought and a forest/non forest mask generated over the Dominican Republic. The products were generated by combining more traditional modelling approaches as well as machine learning techniques.

The presentations were followed by the MRV4C Web Platform demonstration. The EO-based products were showcased to the stakeholders through the platform and the MRV4C tool. Several functionalities were demonstrated: datasets upload, EO-based products visualisation, product query, statistical information generation and generation of summary graphs - in some cases for the whole country. In the following months, the stakeholders will have the chance to access and evaluate the products available on the platform and provide feedback on these through tailored questionnaires.

The stakeholders received very well the results presented, even if not yet final, and proposed a presentation of the project in front of the National Cocoa Commission. During the next months, GMV NSL will finalize other products relevant for the Dominican government and private sector, such as the classification of cocoa agroforestry. With this products portfolio and MRV4C tool, GMV NSL aims to support the development of a sector, cocoa agroforestry, that is underpinning the economy of the country and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically, SDGs 1, 2, 8 and 13: “No-Poverty”, “Zero Hunger”, “Decent work and Economic growth” and “Climate Action”.

 

MRV4C Newsletter is available to download

Spanish Version: https://gmvdrive.gmv.com/index.php/s/SjkYtMyGiLDX4yi

English Version: https://gmvdrive.gmv.com/index.php/s/LzJXWzYXGYoBgGN

 

Project Kick-off (Online, 25th March 2020)

On March 25th, GMV UK successfully kicked-off MRV4C: A Monitoring, Measurement, Reporting and Verification System for Cocoa sector in Dominican Republic.

 

MRV4C Stakeholder Engagement and Opening Event (Online, 7th May 2020)

GMV in collaboration with the World Bank organised the MRV4C stakeholder engagement/opening event which took place online on the 7th May 2020. A total of 16 stakeholders representing the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic, World Cocoa Foundation, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, the DR Cocoa Foundation and the World Bank attended the event. GMV gave an overview of the project, outlined the satellite data which will be used for the project and the ground data needed to calibrate and validate the geospatial products. Talks by the stakeholders gave insight into their experience with mapping cocoa ecosystems. The presentations were followed by an open discussion on the needs and requirements by the Dominican Republic stakeholders. After the opening event GMV distributed a user requirement questionnaire to the stakeholders in order to refine the requirements.