SilvaCarbon is an interagency technical cooperation program of the U.S. Government to enhance the capacity of selected tropical countries to measure, monitor, and report carbon in their forests and other lands. Drawing on the expertise of multiple U.S. Government agencies and partners, the program provides targeted technical support to countries in the process of developing and implementing national forest and landscape monitoring systems.
The primary objective of SilvaCarbon is to advance the generation and use of improved information related to forest and terrestrial carbon. The SilvaCarbon Central Africa program supports national forest monitoring and inventory efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon. Due to its vast and bio-diverse forested areas, Central Africa is widely recognized as a global priority for sustainable forest management. U.S. Government agencies implementing SilvaCarbon activities in Central Africa include the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, which work in collaboration with a number of other partner institutions. The U.S. Forest Service currently implements SilvaCarbon activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon. SilvaCarbon’s broader program works with twenty-three countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.