Global Forest Resources Assessments

Capacity development in countries

An important component of the Global Forest Resources Assessments (FRA) is to assist selected countries to generate better information about their forest resources using new tools and freely available satellite images. This is achieved through a series of capacity development workshops in countries selected among the ones which request technical support to FAO and in coordination with other FAO Forestry activities.

One of the selected countries for the FRA 2020 capacity building activities is Zimbabwe, where  FRA started a collaboration with the national Forestry Commission in 2017. The expected output of the capacity development activities will be the generation of up to date data on forest area and changes and maps through the technology transfer and training in the use of modern methodologies and tools for forest monitoring through satellite imagery. In the framework of these activities, the first capacity building workshop took place in Harare from 11 to 17 October 2017.

The workshop has been followed by remote technical support and activities are planned to be completed through another national workshop to be held in Zimbabwe in the next months.

The same activities were carried out in a second workshop in Trinidad (20-24 November 2017) to support experts from 11 countries of the Caribbean region, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.