The proposed research is a capacity development programme to monitor forest cover and deforestation using remote sensing techniques under the UNU’s existing University Network for Climate Change and Ecosystem Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR). It will support Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system required for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism implementation. It aims to promote and strengthen the capacity and knowledge to monitor forest cover and its changes due to deforestation. The study focused on forests in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India. These countries come under UN-REDD+ umbrella therefore they need to establish an operational MRV system to monitor forest cover and its change required for forest carbon accounting. The programme will contribute to the APN’s science agenda by promoting sustainable forest management by implementing REDD+ mechanism. The goals of this project are: Goal 1: Support regional cooperation on sustainable forest management between Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India towards REDD+. Goal 2: Strengthening interactions among scientists and policy makers at the policy forum to provide inputs in REDD+ policies implementation Goal 3: Strengthening scientific and technical capabilities of proposed countries to monitor forest cover and deforestation by establishing MRV system required for REDD+ Goal 4: Cooperating with the UNU’s existing UN-CECAR network and other institutions such as FFPRI, JAXA, UN agencies, NGOs etc. and involvement of their experts.