Education & Capacity Building

New Approaches for Estimating Carbon Stocks

Budongo Forest Reserve, Western Uganda - November 12th-14th, 2008

From November 12th to November 14th, 2008, the Woods Hole Research Center's Africa program team, conducted a workshop at the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism Site located in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Western Uganda.  The workshop was designed to bring together practitioners in forest biometrics to share information on tools, techniques, and protocols to improve forest inventory designs for the purpose of more readily enabling the integration of forest field measurements and remotely sensed data.  Standardized protocols that ensure consistency in measurement acquisition and statistical soundness in sampling design were discussed to produce protected-area as well as national-level, continental, and pan-tropical maps of biomass/carbon stocks.

These pages provide a synopsis of the presentations that were given throughout the week, as well as general information about the workshop.


Pabidi Workshop

The workshop was attended by over 40 individuals from 7 different African countries (Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya, and Mozambique).


Funding and support were provided by the following institutions:

Woods Hole Research Center, Spot Image and the Planet Action Initiative, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation,, Uganda Wildlife Authority, Wildlife Conservation Society, and The NASA Land Cover Land Use Change & Applied Sciences Programs.