澳洲外交部長唐納(Alexander Downer)，和環境及水資源部長坦布爾(Malcolm Turnbull)在雪梨舉辦的森林與氣候高層會議介紹此項倡議。來自65個國家的參與者，和來自國際、環境、及商務組織數百名會議代表，共同參與這3天的會議。
Australia will establish a new global system to monitor changes in forest cover and forest carbon levels as part of its A$200 million Global Initiative on Forests and Climate, government officials announced today.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer, and Environment and Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced the initiative at a High Level Meeting on Forests and Climate taking place in Sydney. Participants from more than 65 countries, along with several hundred delegates from international, environmental and business organizations are attending the three day meeting.
"The ability to measure and monitor changes in forest cover is critical to international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing global deforestation and supporting sustainable forest management," Downer said.
"Australia is inviting partner countries to work with us to link national, regional, and international systems to create a truly global system to monitor forest cover and carbon levels," he said.
The new Global Carbon Monitoring System will be supported by remote sensing satellite monitoring technology and carbon accounting activities on the ground.
Australia plans to build satellite receiving stations to help countries in the Asia Pacific region better monitor their forest cover and carbon.
"By providing better access to historical data and providing timely access to new data, it will support countries' efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation."
Australia is the first country to contribute to the new alliance, and the funds will come out of the $200 million Global Initiative on Forests and Climate. Another A$10 million will come out of the Global Initiative fund to support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and promote sustainable forest management in Indonesia, the ministers announced.
"This package will help Indonesia develop pilot projects to demonstrate the effectiveness of reducing deforestation; improve local forestry governance; and prevent, monitor and suppress peatland fires, including by training Indonesia's fire fighters and fire management," Downer said.