5 March: Demonstration of Forest Fire Detection and Monitoring System in Nepal


A pilot forest fire detection and monitoring system was demonstrated to officials of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal on 5 March 2012. The programme was chaired by the Honourable Secretary Navin Kumar Ghimire.

Basanta Shrestha, Head of the Mountain Environment and Natural Resources Information System, ICIMOD, gave introductory remarks on the system and highlighted its usefulness in the Nepalese context. Mr Sudip Pradhan presented and demonstrated the system, which is based on Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data. The Honourable Secretary and other officials showed keen interest in the system and decided to subscribe to it for fire alerts. Read more about this system under ‘Knowledge Shared’