Workshop and Training on Rangeland Resource Assessment through GIS and Remote Sensing in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

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To address gaps in scientific data on rangelands of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, ICIMOD organized a Consultative Workshop and Training on Rangeland Resource Assessment through GIS and Remote Sensing in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. The event, held from 31 October to 1 November, enhanced the knowledge and capacity of regional partners in using digital data collection and analysis methods for rangeland management. Specific topics covered during the workshop include:
  • Use of GIS and Remote Sensing in rangelands resource management,
  • Review Country wide range resource assessment,
  • Rangelands monitoring using Time Series satellite data,
  • Ground data collection and analysis using Digital Vegetation Charting Technique and VegMeasure® software
ICIMOD recently completed rangeland area assessments for Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan using moderate-resolution satellite images to estimate the area of rangeland distributed across eco-regions, altitudes, and administrative regions. In this workshop, draft results of the country-wide assessments were shared with stakeholders from regional member countries. 

With the completion of these preliminary rangeland area assessments, systematic monitoring is needed to keep track of changes in the condition of rangelands, which are facing increasing climatic and anthropogenic pressures. This workshop also covered the use of time-series satellite data for rangeland monitoring at the landscape level as well as the use of handheld digital devices, like the Digital Vegetation Charting Technique, for improved field data collection. The training was organized with the technical support from Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management (DREAM), Oregon State University, Oregon, US, and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).