The Global Forest Observations Initiative is an initiative of the inter-governmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). It has three aims:
- To foster the sustained availability of observations for national forest monitoring systems.
- To support governments that are establishing national systems by providing a platform for coordinating observations, providing assistance and guidance on utilising observations, developing accepted methods and protocols, and promoting ongoing research and development.
- To work with national governments that report into international forest assessments, including on the national greenhouse gas inventories reported to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) using methods of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).