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National Workshop on the Development of the National Land Cover Monitoring System for Afghanistan

Date 24 Jan 2019 to 25 Jan 2019
Venue Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contact Persons
Type Workshop
Programmes Mountain Environment Regional Information Systems (MENRIS), SERVIR-HKH

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), the United States Forest Services (USFS), and SilvaCarbon are co- developing a flexible regional land cover monitoring system (RLCMS).

The system will generate high-quality land cover/land use data to monitor land cover/land use and conduct change analysis using a consistent regional classification scheme compatible with different national requirements. The system is being developed under SERVIR – a joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

During the Policy and Planning Workshop on Regional Land Cover Monitoring System for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) held from 4 to 6 April 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, participants from Afghanistan suggested developing consensus on a national land cover schema for Afghanistan.

To this end, the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) – Afghanistan and ICIMOD are organizing a two-day workshop to discuss and finalize a national land cover classification scheme suitable for monitoring land cover change in Afghanistan.


The main objectives of the training workshop are as follows:

  • Upgrade the “land cover representation system” legends with inputs derived from a country perspective and local knowledge
  • Define the land cover terminology for the national level
  • Prepare and finalize national legends (typologies) which are harmonized at the regional level
  • Establish a work plan for the production of the final national land cover datasets
Expected Outcomes
  • The participants will review the existing land cover scheme used by various agencies in Afghanistan.
  • A national classification scheme suitable for various strategic and management purposes will be developed.
  • Consensus will be reached on the national classification system developed, which will contribute to standardizing/harmonizing land cover legends at the regional level.
Expected Participants

Participants will include senior management and policy-level representatives from concerned ministries and departments.