The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), the United States Forest Services, and SilvaCarbon, is developing a flexible regional land cover monitoring system (RLCMS). The system is being co-developed under the SERVIR-HKH initiative at ICIMOD and the SERVIR-Mekong initiative at ADPC. The initiatives are part of the wider SERVIR network—a joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The RLCMS will produce frequent, high quality land cover maps using a consistent regional classification scheme compatible with national country needs. It uses the architecture of a cloud-based state-of-the-art remote sensing science and technology, such as Google Earth Engine (GEE), and a common set of input data sources to generate high-quality regional land cover maps every year or every other year.
ICIMOD, in partnership with SERVIR-Mekong at ADPC, the United States Forest Service’s Geospatial Service and Technology Center (GTAC), and SilvaCarbon, is organizing a two-day workshop to develop an implementation plan for the RLMS, and to discuss the policy framework to engage national agencies in the region.
The overarching workshop objectives are:
- To build consensus on the system architecture, the “primitive” data elements that form the building blocks of the system, the process to generate accurate and transparent reference land cover data points for map calibration and validation, and shared typology.
- To identify and draft a roadmap to build out service area customization instances in support of regional needs.
The workshop will bring together participants from national institutes from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal, and regional and international agencies experienced in land cover and land use mapping.