Training on the Forest Fire Management Information System in Nepal

Date 10:00–14:00 (NPT), 29 Sep, 2021
Venue Microsoft Teams
Contact Persons servirhkh@icimod.org
Type Virtual training
Programmes SERVIR-HKH

About the training

In collaboration with the Department of Forests and Soil Conservation (DoFSC), we have been developing a “Forest Fire Management Information System” in Nepal. The Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring System has been augmented with several additional features, and the user interface has been localized in the Nepali language.
To generate awareness about the technological developments and maximize the use of the web-based application, we are conducting hands-on training for relevant staff at the DoFSC, and division forest offices in districts that experience a high risk of forest fires in Nepal.

Expected participants

Relevant staff at the division forest offices in Surkhet, Kailali, Dang, Banke, and Bardiya, and Bardia National Park, Banke National Park, and Chitwan National Park.

Background

Nepal experiences a high number of forest fires every year, especially during the dry season from March to June. These fires damage forest ecosystems, property, and livestock, and affects human lives. Geospatial technology can play a significant role in preparing to reduce the risk of forest fire occurrences, managing forest fires by providing precise near-real-time fire locations, and mapping burnt areas in the forest after forest fires have occurred. The technology can also help disseminate information through a web-based decision support system to support decision-makers in making informed decisions.

Tentative agenda

Moderator: Vishwas Chitale, ICIMOD

  • Wednesday, 29 September 2021
    Time (NPT) Session Resource person/s
    10:00–10:05 Welcome to the participants Vishwas Chitale, ICIMOD
    10:05–10:15 Opening remarks Birendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD

    Man Bahadur Khadka, DoFSC

    10:15–10:20 Self-introduction by participants

    Virtual group photo

    All participants
    10:20–10:30 Highlights of collaboration between DoFSC and ICIMOD and objectives of the training Navin Giri, DoFSC
    10:30–11:00 Application of geospatial technology for forest fire issue in Nepal Vishwas Chitale, ICIMOD
    11:00–11:15 Forest burnt area assessment in Nepal Sunil Thapa, ICIMOD
    11:15–11:25 Break
    11:25–12:30 Demonstration of “Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring System in Nepal” Gobinda Shrestha, DoFSC and Smriety Regmi, MoFE
    12:30–13:30 Hands-on exercise for participants, Q&A about the app Vishwas Chitale, ICIMOD

    Gobinda Shrestha, DoFSC

    13:30–14:00 Closing session

    Feedback by participants

    Way forward

     

    Closing remarks

    Vote of thanks

     

    2 participants

    Vishwas Chitale, ICIMOD, and Navin Giri, DoFSC

    Mir Matin, ICIMOD

    Sunil Thapa, ICIMOD