Satellite imagery to assess sustainable forestry practice


<p style="text-align: justify;">A high tech project using satellite imagery is under way to classify Fiji’s forested territory using the information to conduct forest inventory for the estimation of forest carbon stock per unit area of each forest type.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">This is the first phase of the exercise being led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community with technical and funding partners. These are the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany’s development cooperation agency.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The second phase will include establishing monitoring plots with wood and carbon stock assessment, while the third phase will focus on carrying out a biodiversity survey.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The SPC aims to build capacity of community groups, NGOs and government agencies in the area of forest monitoring and forest carbon assessment and to test and improve the monitoring, assessment and reporting manual for sustainable forest management throughout the Pacific Island countries.</p>
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<p style="text-align: justify;">Photo / SPC</p>