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Location:

Nanning, China

Duration:

3-12 January 2011

Background:

Having a vital role to play in sustainable growth, forests provide a range of economic, social and environmental benefits, including essential ecosystem services such as climate change mitigation and adaptation. While forest monitoring is an important tool to evaluate the state of forest resources, sequester carbon, and implement forest programmes. It can help to crack down on illegal logging and monitor forest fires, give early warning for forest degradation, reduce deforestation, and improve forest quality. Moreover, forest monitoring can collect earth observation data and provide technical support for countries to effectively fulfill their obligations arising from international environmental conventions.

To enhance capacity building and information sharing in forest monitoring, a symposium and a workshop have been sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet):

  • The Symposium on Asia-Pacific Regional Forest Monitoring, Beijing, June 2008.
    Participation: over 20 representatives from academic institutions, universities and operational agencies from China, Thailand, Australia, and the United States;
  • The International Workshop on Forest Monitoring in Support of Sustainable Forest Management in the Asia-Pacific Region, Beijing, 29-30 April 2010.
    Participation: 35 scientists and officials from Asia-Pacific countries, i.e. Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Canada, and USA, as well as international organizations including FAO and GOFC-GOLD.

In the above-mentioned symposium and workshop, the participants agreed that:

  • Programmes in the region with similar objectives should be reviewed and evaluated;
  • A manual/guideline on how to use forest geospatial technology to monitor regional forests should be developed, with its content including the main useful resources available to users, sources of free remote sensing data access, sources of products derived from remote sensing and links to tutorials o geospatial techniques;
  • Training courses should be developed based on the common demand of countries for monitoring techniques;
  • Demonstration projects are needed in some countries to show the value of new technologies.

Advanced countries should help those without those technologies to carry out the projects. The projects are meant to demonstrate those advanced technologies especially those associated with carbon tracking techniques.

Thus, the Training Workshop on Forest Mapping Using Geospatial Technology in the Asia-Pacific Region is among the follow-up activities to strengthen the capacity of the regional technicians.

Objectives and expected outputs 

  • To lay a foundation for providing technical support and strengthening workforce for undertaking forest monitoring programmes in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • To promote international cooperation and exchanges, enhance mutual understanding and trust and promote regional harmony and development.
  • To discuss on the development of some demonstration projects.

Working language

English

Target Groups

The Training Workshop is targeted at young and middle-aged research fellows and the number of the participants will be at a maximum of 14 individuals, i.e. two participants from each of the following countries to ensure active interaction. The participants should:

  • Come from research institutions or universities in the seven countries, i.e. Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China in GMS, and Malaysia;
  • Have basic knowledge of remote sensing technology;
  • Be competent in English and computer skills;
  • Be willing to participate in the demonstration program in the near future.

Training Approaches

The Training Workshop will draw primarily on professional expertise within the Asia-Pacific region, and use a mix of guest lectures covering fundamental and topical issues related to geospatial data, forest mapping, forest carbon storage mapping and fire. The Training Workshop can be broken down to theoretical session, practical session, discussions and field trip.

Lecturers will come from

  • Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
  • Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF).
  • Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • University of Maryland (UMD)

Sponsor and Organizers

The Training Workshop is designed and fully sponsored by APFNet, with technical inputs from Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) and the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD). The local organizer of the Workshop is the Institute of Forest Resources Information Techniques (IFRIT), Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF).

Overview of the agenda

A more detailed agenda will be sent out and available on line soon.

3 January 2011, Monday
AM Opening ceremony Welcoming address Brief introduction of APFNet Overview of the Training Group photo Keynote speech: Forest resources monitoring programme in the Asia-Pacific region
PM Introduction of remote sensing data in China
Introduction of general remote sensing data in the world
Reception
4 January 2011, Tuesday
AM Forest mapping – 1&2
PM Forest carbon storage mapping – 1&2
5 January 2011, Wednesday
AM Forest fire – 1
PM Practical session
6 January 2011, Thursday
AM The role of NFI, REDD, …
Current studies of forest mapping using RS technology
PM Introduction of national forest resource assessment status and needs based on remote sensing technology
7 January 2011, Friday
AM Discussion on the forest resources monitoring schematic in the Asia-Pacific region
Discussion on the development of the demonstration project “Forest Coverage and Carbon Storage Mapping in the Greater Mekong Subregion” (FCCSM – GMS) – 1
PM Discussion continues
Summary
8 January 2011, Saturday
Field trip
9 January 2011, Sunday
Free time
10 January 2011, Monday
AM Forest mapping – 3&4
PM Practical session
11 January 2011, Tuesday
AM Forest carbon storage mapping – 3&4
PM Practical session
12 January 2011, Wednesday
AM Fire – 2&3
Q&A session
PM Closing ceremony
Closing banquet
13 January 2011, Thursday
Participants to leave

Registration

Please fill the application form attached (which is also downloadable from www.apfnet.cn), and email or fax it by NO LATER THAN 10 December 2010 to the following contacts:

Dr. Pang Yong & Ms. Jia Ruijing Ms. Chen Lin
Chinese Academy of Forestry The APFNet Secretariat
Tel: 86-10-62889804 / Fax: 86-10-62888315 Tel: 86-10-84218108 / Fax: 86-10-84216958
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Expenses and Funding

The confirmed applicants will be provided with funding to attend the Workshop, whose expenses on the round-trip economy class air travel, accommodation with boards during the Workshop plus DSA will be covered. Please note that other expenses not mentioned here will not be covered or reimbursed.

Logistics

An Information Note which includes logistical information on visa application and travel arrangements will be sent to the admitted applicants to the Workshop.
For further information please contact

Dr. Pang Yong Ms. Chen Lin
Chinese Academy of Forestry The APFNet Secretariat
Tel: 86-10-62889804 Tel: 86-10-84218108
Fax: 86-10-62888315 Fax: 86-10-84216958
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