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TropForest

Supporting the JRC TREES-3 and FAO UN-REDD initiatives

Production of a satellite imagery geo-database over the Tropics to address forest related issues, as expressed by the European Commission through the Joint Research Center (JRC) and by the UN_REDD initiative, through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

TropForest
Supporting the JRC TREES-3 and FAO UN-REDD initiatives
DUE (Data User Element)
Land
€500k
Service Demonstration
Completed
KOMPSAT-2 : MSC
ALOS : AVNIR-2
DEIMOS-1

In spite of the importance of forests in the face of climate change, our knowledge of the state and changes of tropical forests over the last two decades remains surprisingly limited.

With the TropForest initiative, the European Space Agency is teaming up with the JRC's
TREES-3 project, and with the FAO's United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) to have a joint action on the estimates of forests cover changes and degradation in the tropical forests of Latin America and South East Asia.

The project principal goal is to support the 2010 global forest assessment performed by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission and by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and by their national points of contact in the subject countries.

The first objective of the project is to create an harmonized satellite imagery database covering the tropical Latin America (without Mexico) and the Tropical South and South East Asia (without China) over the years 2009-2010. The TropForest geo- database consist of a collection of about 2,500 orthorectified images (DEIMOS-1, AVNIR-2 and KOMPSAT-2) over sample sites located at the degree confluences (i.e. with the centres of the tiles located at each 1deg x qdeg geographical lat/long intersection). This database will allow JRC and FAO to provide precise benchmarks on the state of the tropical forest extent, change and related carbon emissions.

Final Report
INFOTERRA Ltd, GEO-Information division of EADS Astrium Services.
SPOT IMAGE
SPOT INFOTERRA HELLAS
Suranaree University : Suranaree University
SPARRSO : Space Research & RS Organization
RRC.AP : Regional Resource Center in Asia and the Pacific
RFD : Royal Forestry Department
PNG Forest Authority : Forest Planning-Mapping Branch
Office of Climate Change : Office of Climate Change
MNREI : Min. of Natural Resources and Environment
Ministry of Forestry : Ministry of Forestry
MAGFOR : Ministry of agriculture and forestry
LBB : Dienst 's Lands Bosbeheer (Surinam Forest Service)
La Molina University : La Molina University
JRC
IVIC : Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research - Center for Ecology
IRD : Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
IGAC : INSTITUTO GEOGRAFICO AGUSTIN CODAZZI
Forestry Survey of India : Forestry Survey of India
Forestry Department : Forestry Department
Forestry Department : Forestry Department
Forestry Administration : Forestry Administration
Forest Inventory and Planning Division : Forest Inventory and Planning Division
FIPI : Forest Inventory and Planning Institute
FAO
FAN : Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza
ESSC : Environmental Science for Social Change
EMBRAPA's satellite monitoring centre : EMBRAPA's satellite monitoring centre
CONAP : National Council for Protected Areas
CIAT : International Center for Tropical Agriculture
CATIE : Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza
ICC - Guyana : Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development
Helen Stannard
Infoterra Ltd
GEO-Information Services
Astrium Services
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Farnborough, Hampshire, GU33 6AL, UK
Tel: +44 1252 362075
Fax: +44 1252 375016
Email: helen.stannard@infoterra-global.com
Marc Paganini
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00046 Frascati (RM)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80563
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
Email: marc.paganini@esa.int