Yelena Finegold

Forestry Officer, FAO

Yelena is a Forestry Officer on the National Forest Monitoring (NFM) team at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She works on technical solutions for measuring and reporting forest changes, including deforestation, forest degradation and restoration. She develops tools in the SEPAL platform, which allows users to easily access, process and analyze satellite imagery using an open source cloud computing power for land monitoring applications. She has supported countries in Africa and Asia in quantifying activity data estimates for REDD+ reporting.

Yelena is speaking at

June 3, 2021
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm


  • Mette Løyche Wilkie (Speaker) Director, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Julian Fox (Speaker) Team Leader, National Forest Monitoring, FAO
  • Fidaa Haddad (Speaker) Forestry Officer / Dryland Program, FAO
  • Barnabas Marwire (Speaker) Natural Resource Management Specialist, FAO – Sub Regional Office for Southern Africa
  • Yelena Finegold (Speaker) Forestry Officer, FAO
  • Karis Tenneson (Speaker) Director of the Environmental Mapping Domain, Spatial Informatics Group
  • Jeff Vincent (Speaker) Professor in Forest Economics and Management, Duke University
  • Barron Joseph Orr (Speaker) Lead Scientist, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Dominique Louppe (Speaker) Vice-chairperson, CIRAD, Committee on Forestry Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems
  • Khalil Walji (Moderator) Capacity development specialist, FAO


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Plenaries, sessions, launchpads and the virtual tour will be available in English and French.
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Technology and innovation for restoration monitoring is rapidly advancing supported by developments in geospatial technology and imagery. If deployed effectively across critical landscapes, these technical solutions for restoration planning and monitoring can drive restoration actions on the ground and contribute significantly to meeting the ambitious targets of the restoration, biodiversity and climate agendas.

This session will spotlight key solutions and highlight ongoing challenges in ecosystem restoration monitoring with a focus on drylands. The session will feature a soft launch of the Framework For Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM) with a special focus on the integration and implementation of the Drylands Restoration Monitoring Platform (DRIP) developed by FAO in support of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Read more: White Paper


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