Global Forest Resources Assessments

In Action

The FRA 2020 Remote Sensing Survey (RSS) puts strong emphasis on incorporating field knowledge during the image analysis process through an effective participation of the countries. The interpretation of the global samples is carried out by national experts who know the vegetation and land uses. Those experts are trained during regional or national workshops on FRA remote sensing survey methodology, image interpretation as well as on the use of the satellite image interpretation and analysis software.

More than 35 capacity development workshops are planned in 2018 -2020. Through these workshops a network of FRA remote sensing focal points is created. All workshops apply a learning-by-doing approach, and allow participants with limited knowledge of remote sensing to analyze satellite imagery and collect data consistently throughout the world.

Upcoming workshops

Tanzania 3 - 8 February 2020
Cameroon 25 - 29 February 2020

Regional workshops

Argentina, Chile, Uruguay
26- 31 August 2019
Termas de Reyes, Argentina
45 participants (16 women)

Eastern Africa
29 July - 3 August 2019
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
22 participants (3 women)

Southern Africa
8 - 13 July 2019
Maputo, Mozambique
19 participants (1 woman)

27 - 31 August 2018
Bridgetown, Barbados
18 participants (8 women)

South-East Asia
29 October - 2 November 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
22 participants (4 women)

National workshops

24 June - 2 July 2019
Kuta, Bali
37 participants (14 women)

27 May – 01 June 2019
Belem, Brazil
38 participants (15 women)

20 - 26 May 2019
Akumal, Quintana Roo 
24 participants (5 women)

08 - 13 April 2019
Xi’an, China
29 participants (3 women)

11 - 16 March 2019
Dehradun, Uttrakhand
24 participants (8 women)


Insights from the field
The concepts of tree cover and forest are not equivalent. Satellites can see trees, but local expertise is needed to identify forest land use.

SANDA VILLAGE, Bali, Indonesia
24 June - July 2019

During the workshop, an area with high tree cover was identified close to the village of Sanda (Bali, Indonesia). 

At the field visit, the site revealed not to be a forest, but a typical agroforestry system of bananas, coconut, durian, coffee and clove trees.


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
29 July - 3 August 2019

A plot with a clear example of forest loss visible from satellite imagery was visited.
The plot was equally divided in two halves, one half composed of natural forest and the other half showing a clearing for cattle grazing purposes. The local farmers confirmed that the clearing had just taken place the year before.