The mission of the Laboratory for Geo-Information is to improve spatial competences for a sustainable world through research and education. Its research topics include empowering and engaging communities - this works at both the intergovernmental level (including reviewing national activities for Measurement, Reporting and verification of REDD+ with the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility) and the local level.
One of the Laboratory's research themes is on interactive community-based environmental monitoring. This aims to develop an approach that combines emerging technologies and community-based observations for environmental monitoring and information systems, as shown in this paper from research in the Kafa Biosphere Reserve, Ethiopia. Following on from this, a research project in the reserve looks at community-based conservation, management and development concepts for wild coffee forests. The researchers are also working to develop a community-based interactive monitoring system for REDD+ in Peru. This will develop and implement a training and capacity building program which seeks to integrate emerging handheld technologies, remote sensing and GIS in three communities, to support national REDD+ implementation.