Main results and outputs expected from the project.

1. Training of eighteen teams of experts on the use of RS/GIS techniques for forest monitoring

Technical understanding on the new concept of National Forest Monitoring System for REDD+ is limited in general and varying in the proposed countries. Therefore national teams will receive training through four centralized training courses in Brazil, one centralized training course in Rome (for the three countries of the Atlas region) and one national training course in each country. The aim of the project is to foster country capacity in the autonomous processing of RS data for national forest monitoring.

2. Setting up or further developing of fifteen RS/GIS laboratories in the selected countries that are not receiving specific support from other programmes/projects

In the countries which are not receiving specific support from other programmes, a RS/GIS laboratory is in most cases lacking or still insufficiently equipped. Therefore, in each of the countries a fully equipped RS/GIS laboratory will be installed and will be fully operational at project completion.

3. Development of specific open-source software tools and country-specific methodologies and procedures to assess forest canopy changes and to monitor forestry and REDD+ activities

For countries which have no specific methodologies for the detection of forest canopy changes. Therefore, a work plan for eighteen operational remote sensing based forest monitoring systems at national scale will be developed. The following elements are foreseen:

  • the organization of a database for the web-GIS interface
  • a TerraAmazon plug-in to assess the extension/effects of fire disturbances
  • a TerraAmazon plug-in to support land cover classification
  • further development of the TerraAmazon platform to enhance its adaptability and usability to respond to different national circumstances

At project conclusion, each country will have country specific open source software modules.

4. Development of eighteen geospatial web-GIS portals (one for each selected country)

None of the countries has a centralized data gathering point for information sharing and data visualization and distribution. This output focuses on the compilation of sixteen archives of historical satellite imagery (one for each selected country with the exception of Colombia and Peru, under the responsibility of ACTO-INPE) and national geospatial ancillary data, as well as the development of the web-GIS portal. Eventually every country will have an archive and a web-GIS portal.

5. Operationalization of eighteen forest monitoring systems in-country

None of the countries has an operational national forest monitoring system. At project completion, depending on country circumstances, the countries will have an operational and autonomous forest monitoring system that will support, at national scale or as an interim measure at sub-national scale, information and data collection on:

  • annual and historical forest area changes
  • annual and historical burnt forest area
  • active forest fires
  • annual and historical extension of degraded forest
  • annual forest area under logging activities
  • forest area under logging concession
  • forest area under conservation schemes
  • afforestation and reforestation areas
  • forest plantation areas
  • forest type distribution
  • spatial representation of REDD+ demonstration activities
last updated:  Tuesday, January 7, 2014