Uganda: FAO mapping technologies help fill gaps in forest data
Innovation permits efficient processing of satellite data, at very low cost
FAO recently introduced new mapping technologies in Uganda that will help the country generate better, more useful forestry statistics and land cover maps.
Forests and forest products are important to the livelihoods of many communities in Uganda. The new tools and information will help the government monitor national forest resources and make informed decisions regarding long-term forestry and investment policies, as well as avoid unintended forest conversion and the degradation of the productive and protective functions of forests.
The new land cover map and statistics will help Uganda improve its forest monitoring capabilities, and Uganda's newly generated figures will also be included in the upcoming FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 report.