Strengthening Agro-climatic Monitoring and Information System (SAMIS)

What's SAMIS?

The project “Strengthening Agro-climatic Monitoring and Information Systems (SAMIS) to improve adaptation to climate change and food security in LAO PDR” is increasing decision-making and planning capacity for the agricultural sector at national and decentralized levels in Lao PDR. Its objective is to enhance capacities to gather, process, analyse, and share climatic and geospatial information so that these can be applied to planning and decision-making.

As the small scale, the project is building the infrastructure and a comprehensive agro-climatic monitoring and information capacity focused on boosting sustainable production by optimizing farmers and smallholders resilience against climate change. Farmers will therefore be able to take informed judgements about the most appropriate technologies and approaches in face of climate vagaries.

At the national level, detailed future prevision of crop distribution and productivity as well as socio-economical acceptability of farming and cropping systems that will results due to the impact of climate change.

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Practical handbook for agricultural land cover mapping in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
This handbook presents the detailed steps for national agricultural land cover mapping, conducted with limited resources and budget from design to final validation and production. It covers the technical aspects of 1) selection and preprocess of satellite imagery (both optical and radar), 2) definition of a land cover legend using international standards, 3) the integration with other existing information as well as the analysis of such database in order to assign a thematic classification, 4) the interpretation, 5) the accuracy assessment and 6) the final packaging and publication of results. The handbook focuses on mapping agricultural land, in a complex landscape, such as the one found in Lao PDR, where atmospheric conditions, topographic effects and management makes the classification challenging. The handbook also presents practical examples of the team, software and skill-set required to develop a national land cover dataset. The objective of the document is to provide a working manual to other national teams willing to develop a land cover mapping programme.