7-18 November 2011: Climate Change and Carbon Assessment for the Benefit of Community Forest in Central and Southeast Asia

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A two-week refresher training course, ‘Climate Change and Carbon Assessment for the Benefit of Community Forest in Central and Southeast Asia’, was held at ICIMOD from 7 to18 November 2011. It was conducted by the Mountain Environment and Natural Resources’ Information System (MENRIS/ ICIMOD), and the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Netherlands. It was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). A total of 25 international participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam participated in the training programme. 

The linkages of climate change, environment and forest degradation and deforestation were highlighted in the training. Lectures were delivered on basic and advanced applications of forest mapping and modelling using passive and active remote sensing. Different case studies from tropical and sub tropical forests were showcased and hands-on exercises were carried out. Issues and challenges to implement remote sensing data and techniques were discussed to get optimal results from biomass mapping and modelling. Mr Hammad Gilani was the coordinator from ICIMOD and Dr Yousif Ali Hussin and Ms Louise van Leeuwen from ITC were the main resource persons. Students passing out from ITC presented their research work and carried out hands-on exercises during the training.