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Training Workshop on Collect Earth for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Assessment in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Date 25 Jul 2016 to 06 Aug 2016
Venue ICIMOD Headquarters, Kathmandu
Contact Persons Kabir uddin
Type Training
Programmes Geospatial Solutions, MENRIS

Land Cover/Land Use Change is one of the most important and easily detectable indicators of change in ecosystem services and livelihood support systems. Socioeconomic drivers can induce changes in land cover that may disrupt socio-cultural practices and the institutions associated with managing natural resources, which in turn increases people’s vulnerability to climate change. Land Cover/ Land Use assessment and monitoring of its dynamics are essential for the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental protection, and food security.

Under a new initiative 'Pilot on global assessment of trends in tree cover/land use'  of the FAO Forestry Department, the Pilot on Global Assessment on Trends in Tree cover/Land use, a pilot assessment is being carried out as part of the Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) process to contribute building a longer term and more robust comprehensive Remote Sensing Survey for FRA 2020. In the framework of the pilot assessment, a series of training/assessment workshops are being organized in collaboration with many partners from all over the world. 

In this respect, FAO and ICIMOD are jointly organizing a two weeks training workshop on Collect Earth from 25 July – 6 August, 2016 at the ICIMOD Headquarters. The training will include new innovative applications such as Collect Earth and related tools. Collect Earth is a user-friendly Free and Open Source software that is used for land monitoring through the augmented visual interpretation of freely available satellite images. The system builds on Google technologies such as Google Earth, Earth Engine and the available Landsat, Sentinel 2 and other very high resolution images.

During the workshop, the trainees will also contribute in collecting sample plots for the LULUCF in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. This will be integrated into the Global LULUCF which is planned to be presented at COP22 in November 2016. It is believed that the local knowledge and expertise of the participants will help in improving the quality of the Global assessment.

Objectives
  • Provide a short course on Collect Earth;
  • Global Assessment starting from land elements to classification schemes
  • Undertake a preliminary data analysis with Saiku (built onto the Collect Earth tool).
Expected Participants

The training is aimed at the graduate students/ young professionals from Nepal with adequate technical background on land cover mapping, remote sensing and GIS, and data collection skills.