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Vietnam – SilvaCarbon Collaboration on Forest Monitoring for REDD+


Vietnam is now ready to apply for result-based payments from the Green Climate Fund, as detailed in the UN-REDD Programme’s REDD+ Roundup Special Edition: Viet Nam’s REDD+ Journey. This milestone comes after more than nine years of commitment to the REDD+ process by the Government of Vietnam. Since 2013, the SilvaCarbon Program has supported this process by assisting in the development of the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS), which is required for REDD+ and supports a variety of other natural resource management and conservation objectives. Vietnam’s collaboration with SilvaCarbon focuses on building the capacity of in-country technical teams, and has resulted in significant, long-term improvements to the NFMS across three main technical areas:
  • Remote Sensing. Vietnamese institutions are now able to use improved remote sensing tools, methods, and data to accurately map land cover change, and have developed annual estimates of forest cover change in collaboration with SilvaCarbon partners. 
  • Forest Inventory. Vietnamese institutions have significantly improved the efficiency and quality of the national forest inventory, and enhanced the capacity of inventory teams in key technical areas such as quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), inventory plot design, and data processing. 
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Vietnamese institutions have successfully integrated Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry (LULUCF) data in the national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and in international reporting for the first time. 
Over the past seven years, SilvaCarbon and Vietnamese partners have co-organized more than 30 trainings at national and provincial levels, and facilitated numerous regional and global exchanges on priority technical topics. This continuous commitment has resulted in a strong and growing cadre of Vietnamese technical experts who can support and enhance the country’s forest monitoring and REDD+ efforts into the future. In addition to their work within Vietnam, these experts are increasingly sharing their knowledge through regional trainings and South-South exchanges, assisting other countries to address common challenges.

Ensuring the transparency and quality of GHG estimates is essential for the successful implementation of the Emission Reduction Program, and its long-term sustainability. To this end, the Vietnam Forest Inventory and Planning Institute is working closely with SilvaCarbon to develop and implement QA/QC protocols for forest inventory data collection and analysis. In addition, ongoing collaboration between SilvaCarbon, SERVIR-Mekong, and Vietnamese remote sensing agencies is helping the country use cost-effective, open-source platforms for mapping and monitoring land cover change. 

SilvaCarbon will continue to support the Government of Vietnam to make informed, strategic decisions about forest resource management and forest monitoring and related investments, and looks forward to many more productive exchanges and capacity-building opportunities. Contact: Vo Viet Cuong, cuong.silvacarbon@gmail.com.
 


Peru – Early Alert System for Detecting Forest Cover Loss


Peru has successfully developed an early alert system for detecting deforestation, building on technical support provided by the SilvaCarbon program since 2012. The early alert system uses freely available Landsat satellite data to detect and transparently share up-to-date information about forest cover loss occurring in the humid tropical forests of the Peruvian Amazon. This accomplishment is a result of collaboration between Peru’s Ministry of the Environment (MINAM), SilvaCarbon, and SilvaCarbon partners at the University of Maryland (UMD) together with Global Forest Watch. Today MINAM is able to independently generate and use the early alert data without reliance on external financial or technical resources, reflecting a significant step toward sustainability in the country’s efforts to improve forest management and curb forest loss and associated carbon emissions. The early warning alerts are publicly available through Peru’s Geobosques platform, and more information about the early alert system is available in this journal publicationContact: Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.
 

RECENT ACTIVITIES
Africa  -  Asia  -  Latin America and Caribbean -  Global



Africa

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Training on Analyzing Forest Inventory Data Using Open Foris Calc and R

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo / February 10-19, 2020


In partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), SilvaCarbon facilitated a training for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Department of Forest Inventory and Zoning (DIAF) on National Forest Inventory (NFI) data analysis using the OpenForis Calc tool and the R statistical software. The training is helping DIAF to complete the analysis of recently-collected NFI data. Contact: Vanessa Filippini, vanessa.filippini@fs-ip.us.

 

Zambia – Technical Assistance on Land Cover Map using CCDC

Boston, Massachusetts, USA / February 16-22, 2019


SilvaCarbon is supporting countries participating in the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) to develop their technical capacities to produce robust activity data following ISFL requirements and best practices. In collaboration with Boston University and the Google Earth Engine (GEE) team, SilvaCarbon facilitated a mission for a Zambian technical team to travel to Boston and create their land cover map using the Continuous Change Detection and Classification (CCDC) algorithm. The technical team also worked on Zambia’s sampling designed based on the change areas that are important to monitor for their ISFL reporting. Contact: Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.

 

Republic of the Congo – Technical Workshop on Reduced Impact Logging for REDD+ 

Kintélé, Republic of the Congo / February 4-8, 2020


A technical workshop was held for members of Republic of the Congo (ROC) recently-established Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) Cell within the National Center for Forest Inventory and Zoning (CNIAF) to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the principles and guidelines of Reduced Impact Logging, and how it can be integrated into the National Forest Monitoring System and the MRV system of the Sangha-Likouala Emission Reduction Program. Contact: René Siwe, rene.siwe@fs-ip.us.
 
 

Republic of the Congo – Training on Estimation of Forest Degradation

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo / January 13-17, 2020


As part of continued efforts to improve the quantification of forest degradation and incorporate forest degradation in ROC’s national forest reference level, a recent training focused on comparing the performance of different tools to assess the area extent of forest degradation in different forest degradation hot-spots around the country. Contact: René Siwe, rene.siwe@fs-ip.us.
 
 

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Training on Estimation of Forest Degradation 

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo / January 6-10, 2020


Building on a national consultation held in August 2019, SilvaCarbon and FAO partnered to hold a training on estimating forest degradation for the DRC’s DIAF. The training compared preliminary results by introducing complementary methods for degradation estimation, and trained technicians on post-processing techniques. Contact: Vanessa Filippini, vanessa.filippini@fs-ip.us.

 

Cameroon – Forest Cover Map Development

Yaounde, Cameroon / November 4 - December 6, 2019; ongoing



Following five weeks of technical training at the UMD Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) laboratory, Cameroonian GIS technicians are finalizing a forest/non forest land cover map. The mapping methodology was initially implemented for key regions of the country, and results were then compared to those of UMD counterparts before being generalized to the entire country. The next phase will move from forest/non forest map to a more detailed map by including additional forest classes. Contact: Olivier Sene, olivier.sene@fs-ip.us. 
 
 

Zambia – Development of Emissions Factors

Lusaka, Zambia / April 2019 – ongoing

SilvaCarbon elaborated a final draft report with Emission Factor estimates for Zambia. There has since been active discussion with FAO, SilvaCarbon, and the Forestry Department in Zambia, and the estimates will be used in the development of the Emission Reduction Program Document for Zambia’s ISFL project. Contact: Sebastian Wesselman, sebastian.wesselman@fs-ip.us.
 

 


 

Asia


Vietnam – Advanced Field Training on NFI Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Don Duong district, Lam Dong province; Dong Nai province, Vietnam / January 13-17, 2020


SilvaCarbon organized an activity that built on previous support to provide advanced training to Vietnam Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI) and Sub-FIPI staff on how to properly carry out field QA/QC protocols as required for the fifth national forest inventory cycle (NFI5) in Vietnam. This objective was achieved by: (1) conducting real blind/cold checks with different FIPI and sub-FIPI QA/QC teams and observing their methods and techniques to make appropriate recommendations for improvement, (2) identifying differences among the various QA/QC teams and making recommendations for improving national consistency, and (3) identifying protocols in the field and QA/QC manuals that still need additional clarification. Contact: Vo Viet Cuong, cuong.silvacarbon@gmail.com.

 

Regional – Collaboration with SERVIR-Mekong: Training on Forest Stand Height Estimation Using SAR Data

Bangkok, Thailand / January 13-15, 2020 

SERVIR-Mekong and SilvaCarbon collaborated to organize the second regional training for working with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, based on the "SAR Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation” developed under the collaboration between the SERVIR Global network and SilvaCarbon program. The training focused on exploring the utility for using SAR data for forest stand height estimation and provided opportunity to work with two example datasets. The training was delivered by NASA scientists and convened fourteen participants from the Mekong region and Nepal. Participants thought that there is a good potential for using SAR data for estimating forest biomass; However, they pointed the need to further develop some of the functions and to simplify the access to the tool. Contact: SERVIR-Mekong, Nguyen Quyen Hanh, nguyen.quyen@adpc.net; and SilvaCabon, Marija Kono, mkono.silvacarbon@gmail.com.

 

Indonesia – Technical Support under the ISFL Jambi Program

Bogor and Bali, Indonesia / October 14-18, 2019 and January 21-23, 2020

SilvaCarbon collaborated with the ISFL Jambi team to review the MRV requirements for all land use categories under the ISFL Program and to deliver a practical training focused on working with open source tools for forest cover change mapping. The five-day workshop convened over 30 representatives from central level and from Jambi province to discuss the technical areas for improvement and identify capacity building needs. As a follow up, SilvaCarbon worked with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to facilitate the participation of three representatives from the ISFL Jambi to a three-day workshop: “The role of modelling in national estimation of livestock emissions” that was organized in Bali, Indonesia from 21 to 23 January 2020 by the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gasses. The support under the ISFL program is expected to continue in 2020, through providing technical trainings to the Jambi stakeholders and involving the ISFL Jambi team in related regional exchanges. Contact: Marija Kono, mkono.silvacarbon@gmail.com.

 

Lao PDR – Forest Degradation Training

Vientiane, Lao PDR / December 9-13, 2019

In June 2019, SilvaCarbon conducted a scoping trip and initial training to identify opportunities for implementing various remote sensing approaches for monitoring forest degradation and regrowth in Lao PDR. Based on the identified needs, SilvaCarbon collaborated with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to organize a follow-up training focused on quantifying illegal logging and estimating shifting cultivation. While the presented approaches seem promising in terms of quantifying the changes, there are still important discussions that need to take place in Lao PDR before the Forest Inventory and Planning Division (FIPD) is ready to adopt a forest degradation monitoring workflow. Some of this is linked to forest degradation and regrowth definitions, and some to the technical capacity within FIPD. SilvaCarbon plans to continue supporting FIPD and for the next period thee plan is to work on: 1) developing a matrix that can guide the gradual improvements in accordance with the forest reference emission levels (FREL) and FREL revision plans, 2) documenting the work flows in a clear and detailed manual, and 3) increase involvement of research institutions for technical backstopping to FIPD. Contact: Marija Kono, mkono.silvacarbon@gmail.com.

 

Cambodia – Collaboration with SERVIR Mekong: Agricultural Crops Monitoring 

Bangkok, Thailand / December 2-6, 2019

FCPF, FAO, SilvaCarbon and SERVIR are collaborating with the General Directorate for Nature Conservation and Protection and the Department of Agricultural Land Resources Management (DALRM) to improve the agricultural crops mapping and to ensure the accuracy and consistency of land-use classification. As part of the process, five-day training was organized at the Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre to demonstrate the use of the Regional Land Cover Monitoring System and to discuss additional approaches that could be applied for crops mapping in Cambodia. Several follow-up trainings are planned for 2020 that will be led by SERVIR-Mekong and other partners. Contact: Marija Kono, mkono.silvacarbon@gmail.com.

 

Nepal – Forest Degradation Training

Chitawan, Nepal / November 25-29, 2019


The Forest Research and Training Centre (FRTC) of Nepal, SilvaCarbon, and the SERVIR-Himalayas Hub are collaborating to improve the forest cover change mapping in Nepal. The focus for 2020 is to improve the estimated from forest degradation. A five-day training organized for 19 representatives from central and provincial levels explored three degradation monitoring algorithms to identify degradation due to fire, and to assess fragmentation over a historical time period. The initial results for all methods were promising and can be implemented by FRTC. The participants agreed to focus on collecting field data for verification of the results, which will be the subject of the next training. This continuous capacity building and discussion around forest degradation is important contribution to the ongoing activities for forest degradation assessment by the Emissions Reduction Program. Contact: Marija Kono, mkono.silvacarbon@gmail.com.
 
 

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

 


16th GFOI Regional Workshop in the Americas: “How REDD+ data is used for management, policy, and other reporting mechanism in Latin America”

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA / January 21-24, 2019


A workshop organized by the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) with SilvaCarbon gathered four countries from Latin America (Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru) at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Social Science Center. This workshop evaluated how data produced for results-based payments for REDD+ is assisting forested countries to manage their land to achieve sustainable development, reduce carbon emissions, and implement management decisions. The workshop mobilized all countries stakeholders to share information on the current state of data sharing across governmental institutions that affect interactions between REDD+, Nationally Determined Contributions, Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 15, and management decisions. Information gathered in the workshop included specific issues, achievements, reporting priorities, technical capacity and financial gaps, as well as country views on ways of mobilizing resources and technology innovation to address these gaps. Contact: Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov or Monica Jeada, mjeada@contractor.usgs.gov.
 
 

Costa Rica – Workshop on NFI 2020 and Forest Type Map 

San Jose, Costa Rica / January 16-17, 2020


In 2020, Costa Rica’s National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) will initiate the first remeasurement cycle of the country’s national forest inventory, and as part of this effort will create a new forest type map. Both of these initiatives are part of the country’s National Land Use, Land Cover, and Ecosystems Monitoring System (SIMOCUTE), which the Climate Fellows and SilvaCarbon programs have helped develop. In order to create the forest type map, SINAC intends to visually interpret land use and land cover from a systematic grid of sample plots distributed across the country. These data will provide training and validation data for the mapping process and satisfy other needs as well. SINAC organized a two-day workshop, sponsored by SilvaCarbon, to share the status and plans for the two initiatives with other institutions, receive feedback from these institutions, and also to receive technical input from the Costa Rica Climate Fellow on interpreting the grid of sample plots and the mapping process in general. The Costa Rica Climate Fellow also met with several other institutions during the week to coordinate upcoming SilvaCarbon activities. Contact: Randy Hamilton, rhamilton.usfs@gmail.com.   

 

Panama – Technical Meeting on NFI Development 

Panama City, Panama / January 13-15, 2020


Two SilvaCarbon specialists met with staff from Panama’s Dirección de Cambio Climático and the NFI group to discuss the Collect Earth Online forest monitoring system for activity data generation, the review they received for their latest Biennial Update Report, and opportunities to create an integrated monitoring system that integrates the Collect Earth system with the NFI. A list of potential next steps was developed following discussion and presentations. Contact: Rebecca Ciciretti, rebecca.ciciretti@usda.gov. 

 

Colombia – Technical Scoping Visit to IDEAM

Bogota, Colombia / December 17-19, 2020

A remote sensing advisor from Boston University met with Colombia's Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) to identify the necessary next steps and capacity-building activities needed for IDEAM to record the process of generating activity data for land use change monitoring. A report generated by Boston University is being used to assist Colombia in their creation of training materials to support for South-South collaboration. Contact Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.

 

Paraguay – UMD Visit to INFONA

Asuncion, Paraguay / November 20-23, 2019

SilvaCarbon and UMD organized a workshop on mapping forest cover loss and gain methods for technical experts from the National Forest Institute (INFONA) and other institutions in Paraguay. UMD also delivered technical assistance on creating cloud-free mosaics using Landsat imagery. Contact: Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.

 

Mexico – Regional Workshop on REDD+ Deforestation and Forest Degradation Monitoring 

Jalisco, Mexico / October 29-31, 2019

SilvaCarbon co-organized and supported the participation of Boston University in the Regional Workshop of Deforestation and Forest Degradation Monitoring in the context of REDD+. The workshop gathered countries from across Latin America to discuss current challenges and potential solutions for existing monitoring systems for deforestation and forest degradation in the region. Contact Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.

 

Mexico and Colombia – Remote Sensing Technical Assistance at Google Earth Engine Office

Sunnyvale, California, USA / October 21-25, 2019


Technical teams from Mexico and Colombia worked alongside the GEE team at Google Headquarters to determine the best way to migrate their mapping processes to the GEE platform. Contact Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.
 
 

 

Global

 


Authors’ Workshop for GFOI Methods & Guidance Documentation

Bilbao, Spain / January 13-16, 2020

Two SilvaCarbon specialists joined a multi-national group of forest monitoring counterparts for a one-week authors’ workshop focused on revising the Methods & Guidance Documentation (MGD), which provides best practice guidance to countries developing MRV systems for REDD+. The MGD was developed by the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), and the revision is intended to provide updated guidance consistent with the IPCC 2019 Refinement. Contact: Sasha Gottlieb: sasha.gottlieb@usda.gov.

 

AGU Fall Meeting 2019

San Francisco, California / December 9-13, 2019


SilvaCarbon and SERVIR partnered to organize a session entitled “New frontiers in land cover change mapping and its implications for Forest Carbon Financing” at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. This session explored key issues and potential solutions for reporting systems such as (1) improving methods for determining the relative importance of different drivers for deforestation; (2) improving estimates of degradation and restoration; and (3) improving the integration of forest change data with other land use change data. Contact: Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.
 

 

USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis Science Stakeholder Meeting

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA / November 19-21, 2019

SilvaCarbon sponsored ten partners from developing countries to participate in the 2019 FIA Stakeholder Science Meeting: Celebrating Progress, Possibilities, and Partnerships and a related field visit. All partners presented in an international session (Global View of National Forest Inventories: How They Have Progressed, Ways They Have Utilized Partnerships, and Possibilities for the Future) and some led additional individual sessions.The SilvaCarbon-supported participants also attended other sessions of the conference spanning a variety of relevant topics such as science policy, mensuration, geospatial products, and inventory methods. Most partners also attended a full day field visit where they learned about USFS forest inventory practices and shared their own experiences. More photos from the event are available hereContact: Sasha Gottlieb: sasha.gottlieb@usda.gov.

 

NASA CMS Science Team Meeting

La Jolla, California, USA / November 12-14, 2019


SilvaCarbon was one of many stakeholders participating in the Carbon Monitoring Systems (CMS) Applications Workshop, which focused on understanding stakeholders needs for carbon monitoring MRV; providing information on the value of CMS products for MRV and related applications; and identifying CMS data products that align with stakeholder needs. Contact: Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.

 

GEO Week 2019 

Canberra, Australia / November 4-9, 2019


During the 2019 edition of GEO Week, SilvaCarbon participated in a series of side events in its role as co-lead to the GFOI capacity-building component. The side events showcased GFOI as an umbrella for international collaboration on advancing the science of forest monitoring globally, as well as using REDD+ data for informing other reporting forums such as Nationally Determined Contributions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contact Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov.
 

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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES



Asia

 

Nepal – NFI Data Analysis

Kathmandu, Nepal / March-April (TBC), 2020

Nepal’s Forest Research and Training Center (FRTC) is preparing the new State of Nepal’s Forests Report. In support of the report development, FRTC requested SilvaCarbon support for forest inventory data analysis and reporting. This will be done through couple of trainings in Nepal, and the main outcomes and findings will be shared during the NFI South-South Exchange planed for end of 2020. Contact: Marija Kono, mkono.silvacarbon@gmail.com.


Regional – GFOI Regional Workshop on Early Warning Systems

Da Nang, Vietnam / April 20-24, 2020

The SilvaCarbon program and the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch program are co-organizing a regional workshop under the Global Forest Observation Initiative umbrella to bring together forest monitoring actors from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to demonstrate existing EW systems, showcase future developments, and share experiences around the creation and use of EW systems. Contact: Sylvia Wilson, snwilson@usgs.gov; or Vo Viet Cuong, cuong.silvacarbon@gmail.com.
 

PUBLICATIONS


 
Early warning tropical forest loss alerts in Peru using Landsat. 

This open access letter in Environmental Research Communications details Peru's early warning system, as referenced above in the newsletter highlight for Peru. 
 

PARTNER PROFILE


 
The SilvaCarbon Partner Profile interview series recognizes SilvaCarbon community members from around the globe and provides a platform for them to share their stories.
 


Pham Ngoc Hai

Vietnam Forest Inventory and Planning Institute


What is your job, and what do you do in that role? 
I am currently a staff member at the Forest Inventories and Planning Institutes (FIPI) in Vietnam, in the division of Science and International Cooperation. My role is focused on the application of remote sensing for forest cover mapping and forest cover change monitoring at national and region scales, to contribute to national Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) and REDD+.

How did you end up in your current job? 
I am remote sensing specialist and received my masters degree at Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University in 2008. I worked on many projects related to land use and land cover mapping using remote sensing data before I moved to FIPI in 2017. When I started working here, I realized my knowledge on remote sensing was helpful for our institution in terms of forest monitoring. The Vietnamese government has committed to participating in the global effort to mitigate climate change through the REDD+ process. I received training, working with pilot projects both nationally and internationally on the implementation of the Activities Data for the Forest Reference Emission Level and MRV, focusing mainly on remote sensing application. This helped me become a national expert in Remote Sensing and MRV for REDD+.

What is your organization’s mission, and why is that important to you? 
FIPI works on forest inventory, forest planning, forest land, biodiversity, nature conservation, and environmental protection. Forestry is an important part of the economy here and will continue to be in the future. In addition, typical wood products as well as new areas such as biomass, green building, and carbon credit funds are creating opportunities for innovation and products to help combat climate change. The forestry workforce has been retiring quickly and has been increasingly demanding specialized staff with graduate-level education. Therefore, FIPI plays an important role in the development of the national forestry sector.

What are you most excited or passionate about in your work?  
Motivation for me comes from being able to continue doing what I studied in university. Now I am trained in an environment associated with international collaboration like that of SilvaCarbon, and I understand that working in such an atmosphere provides the best chance for personal development as well as professional development. 

What is the greatest challenge you face in your work, and what is the greatest opportunity? 
The greatest challenge in my work at FIPI is that my background is not in forestry. However, working in a professional and international environment in accordance with my specialty is a great opportunity for me because I get to learn about forestry science.

What has your experience been like working with the SilvaCarbon program? 
Collaboration with SilvaCarbon has been very helpful, especially in terms of collaboration on remote sensing application for forest monitoring. With SilvaCarbon we have used free satellite data (Landsat and Sentinel), the Google Earth Engine (GEE) cloud platform, and University of Maryland (UMD) GLAD products (annual tree cover and tree height) for conducting our latest national forest cover map. Furthermore, previous trainings that SilvaCarbon provided were a big help in solving the application of remote sensing, especially with respect to free remote sensing data, GEE for data processing, and data analysis. There is also an upcoming training on deforestation alerts and forest degradation monitoring through satellite data, which is important as many countries need this for state forest management.

As you consider the next five years, what do you hope to accomplish in your work? 
I hope that with our experience on Activity Data, forest inventory, and MRV for REDD+, in cooperation with international partners like SilvaCarbon, FIPI will able to further apply remote sensing to provide near real-time, transparent data for REDD+.

What was the last book you read? 
The last book I read is “The context of REDD+ in Vietnam: Drivers, agents and institutions,” authored by a group from the Center for International Forestry Research. Their findings show that Vietnam forest cover has increased since 2012, but that enhancing, or even maintaining, forest quality remains a challenge. Drivers of deforestation and degradation in Vietnam, including legal and illegal logging, conversion of forest for national development goals (e.g. hydropower and infrastructure development), commercial agriculture, weak law enforcement and weak governance, have persisted since 2012 up to 2017.

What is one thing about you that others might be surprised to learn?
When I was student, I did not think we could use satellite images freely or work with large regional or national scales. But after a few years, Landsat images are free to asses, and cloud platforms like GEE are innovative technologies for large scale data processing and analysis. 

What advice would you give to young professionals in your field?
Don’t be shy to ask for help and advice from others. It is a strength, not a weakness.
 

About SilvaCarbon 

 
SilvaCarbon is a multi-agency technical cooperation program of the US Government to strengthen the capacity of selected tropical countries for measuring, monitoring, and reporting forest and terrestrial carbon. Agencies that have contributed to SilvaCarbon include the US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of State (DOS), US Forest Service (USFS), US Geological Survey (USGS), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Smithsonian Institution. Program funding is provided by USAID and DOS. Program implementation is led by USFS, USGS, NASA, and EPA.

SilvaCarbon is also the primary US Government contribution to the Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), a body of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO). SilvaCarbon co-leads the GFOI capacity-building component together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 

 
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