16–20 May 2011: National Workshop cum Advance Training on Use of Geo-informatics for Mapping and Modelling Forest Carbon Stocks in Nepal

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A ‘National Workshop cum Advance Training on Use of Geo-informatics for Mapping and Modelling Forest Carbon Stocks in Nepal’ was held at ICIMOD from 16 to 20 May 2011. This one-week workshop-cum-training was conducted by the Mountain Environment and Natural Resources’ Information System (MENRIS), Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services (ECES) division of ICIMOD, and the ITC-Netherlands, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, the Netherland under the project Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) of ICIMOD to build the capacity of partner organisations and national institutions. A total of 30 national institutional participants including the District Forest Officers of three watersheds, project partners, universities, and ICIMOD colleagues participated. The main resource persons Dr Yousif Ali Hussin and Ms Louise van Leeuwen from ITC, and graduates from ITC presented their research work and conducted hands on exercises.

The training highlighted the linkages between the environment and forest degradation and deforestation. Lectures were delivered on basic and advance applications of forest mapping and modelling using passive and active remote sensing. Case studies based on eight researches conducted by ITC students were shown as examples.  Issues and challenges in implementing remote sensing data and techniques were discussed to obtain better results from biomass mapping and modelling.