Activities 2017


NRSD LULC Mapping Training
April 13-21, 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam's National Remote Sensing Department (NRSD) requested technical assistance from SilvaCarbon to help implement the joint NRSD and Department of Meteorology, Hydrology, and Climate Change (DMHCC) project on “National GHG inventory of 2016 in LULUCF sector in support of the development of the national communication and Vietnam’s contribution to UNFCCC.”
The objectives of this training were to:

  • Train NRSD’s team on how to fuse spectral bands or optimize spectral band combination, which enables proper interpretation and classification of different land covers;

  • Train in the development of basemaps and a database in support of GHG inventory of agriculture and LULUCF sectors, which include: national land use/land cover map, climate map by ecological regions and soil map in line with IPCC guidelines for change monitoring (activity data and emission) of 2 time periods between 2006 and 2016;

  • Derive remote sensing based mapping data to extract to textfile for use in ALU for estimation of emission and removal of LULUCF for 2016.

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added on 04/2017

REDD+ Monitoring, and Measurement, Reporting and Verification workshop “Training the Trainers”
February 6-10, 2017 Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
The performance-based climate mitigation framework REDD+ encourages the reduction of emissions related to deforestation and forest degradation, and removals through enhanced forest carbon stocks and improved forest management. These activities should be measured and reported to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which requires methodologies for estimating actual emissions and removals and for establishing the reference level. UNFCCC requests countries to build robust and transparent national forest monitoring systems to facilitate the measurement and reporting of forest related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, following the guidelines and guidance from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Various training materials and tools are available that aim to support and facilitate country processes with the development of capacities for implementing a national system for monitoring forest area and area changes, the associated carbon stocks and changes; and for measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of REDD+ activities. To make these materials more accessible for countries and REDD+ / forest monitoring professionals, four (4) regional one week workshops are planned in three different continents: one in South-East Asia (in English), one in Latin America (in Spanish) and two in Africa (in French and English). The basic concept of these workshop is to “train the trainers”. A selected group of around 35 participants from countries in each region (2-3 per country) will attend with the aim of further disseminating the gained knowledge and insights and train other relevant people who are involved in REDD+ monitoring and reporting in their country, in order to further build their capacities. The workshops will be jointly organized in close collaboration with the different training and capacity building initiatives from World Bank FCPF, GFOI, Silvacarbon, FAO/UN-REDD,REDD+ partnership, Wageningen University, GOFC-GOLD, and Boston University. Organization of the workshops will be under the coordinating leadership of Wageningen University.
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added on 03/2017

The 2nd Regional Workshop on Forest Monitoring GEO-GFOI Methods for Biomass Estimation and Forest-Cover Mapping in the Tropics
January 30- February 3, 2017 San Jose and Saeapiqui, Costa Rica
This workshop seeks to review methodologies associated with different sources of remote sensing used for biomass estimation, whether Landsat data, SAR data, or LiDAR. In addition to review critical issues associated with biomass estimation methods, such as field data available plots, uncertainty analysis of estimates, use of suitable algorithms, and use of metrics suitable for biomass models; it seeks to invite experts who have developed methodologies either with a sensor or multi-sensors for a comparative analysis on a regional scale. There are two parts to the workshop: a two-day meeting reviewing and discussing existing methods of biomass estimation, followed by a three-day field visit to gain field experience in a variety of biomass intensity settings.

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added on 3/2017