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GOFC-GOLD Chairman wins 2005 Advancing Global Land Remote Sensing Award

Dr. John Townshend, Chair of GOFC-GOLD, is a recipient of the prestigious 2005 William T. Pecora award for "Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Global Land Remote Sensing." This major award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals or groups towards understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing. The award was presented to Dr. Townshend on October 26, 2005, at the 16th annual William T. Pecora Memorial Symposium held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Contact: John Townshend

 

Regional GOFC-GOLD Workshop on Observations of Land Cover and Needs of Research Projects in Northern Eurasia, 18-19 June 2005, Saint Petersburg, Russia

The GOFC-GOLD Northern Eurasia Regional Information Network (NERIN) and Land Cover Implementation Team held a 2 day workshop to 1) introduce new large-scale research projects in the region and 2) discuss land cover harmonization and validation with a focus on the FAO Land Cover Classification System (LCCS-2).

Contact: Olga Krankina

 

GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Implementation Team

The GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Implementation Team Project Office has published Newsletter Number 6. It has information on the GLOBCOVER post processor Kick-Off Meeting. The newsletters can be found at the GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office website.

 

Development of an International Wildland Fire Accord

The GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team, jointly with the Wildland Fire Advisory Group of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR) and the UN-ISDR Global Wildland Fire Network has actively contributed to the development of the strategic framework for the development of an international wildland fire accord, which will be discussed at two high level meetings on Forestry in March.

FAO will hold the Ministerial Meeting on Forests on 14 March and the seventeenth session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) from 15 to 19 March, both at Rome.

One of the main agenda items tabled for the Ministerial Meeting on Forests is international cooperation on forest fires. The ministers at the meeting will discuss opportunities for cooperation at local, regional and international levels to address forest fires at the root cause.

The COFO Meeting will address the international commitment to sustainable forest management. It will discuss specific ways that forests contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals with emphasis on practical implementation on the ground.

Ministerial Meeting agenda
COFO agenda
Global Wildland Fire Network
the development of an international wildland fire accord

Inquiries can be sent to Johann G. Goldammer, Co-chair, GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team, and coordinator, UN-ISDR Global Wildland Fire Network, Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)

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