Education & Capacity Building: Indonesia Workshop 2010

Workshop on Methods for Biomass Estimation and Forest-Cover Mapping in the Tropics

East Kalimantan, Indonesia – 8-12 November 2010

In November 2010, WHRC scientists traveled to Samarinda on the island of Borneo, Indonesia to conduct a technical training on biomass estimation and forest-cover mapping in the tropics. Held in partnership with the Center for Climate Change Studies at the University of Mulawarman, the five-day workshop brought together 33 participants from seven Southeast Asian countries to discuss methods for generating regional and national-level biomass (carbon) and forest-cover distribution maps.

The event was a continuation from WHRC’s 2009 regional workshop in Vietnam that introduced forest monitoring approaches in the context of international climate policy processes for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). Government and NGO representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, along with local university students, attended the Indonesia training. Workshop content included:

  • Experiences and lessons-learned from forest and carbon monitoring in the tropics and Southeast Asia
  • Computer training on generation of biomass maps integrating field measurements and remotely sensed data
  • Computer training on forest/non-forest mapping with Radar.
  • Use of open-Source (free) and GIS software for forest biomass estimation
  • Data options for producing carbon maps
  • Discussions on forest monitoring in the context of Measuring, Reporting and Verification systems for REDD

In addition to technical training and outreach efforts on forest monitoring methods, WHRC collaborates with in-country partners for the improvement of national-level biomass maps. The data from this research will be made freely available to forestry administrations and NGOs engaging in policies for reducing emissions from deforestation. WHRC expresses its gratitude to the Center for Climate Change Studies at the University of Mulawarman, The Nature Conservancy and staff of the Berau REDD working group for their assistance and collaboration in outreach and field efforts in Indonesia.

DAY ONE

I. REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS (08.00 – 08.20)

II. OPENING CEREMONY (08.20‐09.15) MC.

  • a. Welcoming speech from C3S UM by Dr. Deddy Hadriyanto
  • b. Introduction of WHRC by Dr. Alessandro Baccini
  • c. Opening Speech by Rector University of Mulawarman – Prof. Zamrudin Hasid
  • d. Welcome speech – Governor of East Kalimantan – Dr. H. Awang Farouk Ishak
  • e. Keynote Speaker from Indonesian Ministry of Forestry

III. Coffee Break

IV. PRESENTATION SESSION I ‐ Indonesian Speaker ‐ (09.30‐10.50)

Moderator : Tunggul Butarbutar (GTZ Forclime)

  • a. “Updating information on policy and technical aspect of REDD Readiness Indonesia Program” by Dr. Nur Masripatin from Ministry of Forestry
  • b. “An Overview of MRV and Carbon Estimation on the Indonesian REDD context and framework” by Ir. Saipul Rahman, M.Sc from Directorate of Forest Inventory and Monitoring, DG of Forest Planning, Indonesian Ministry of Forestry
  • c. “Rel Development Lessons From The Berau Forest Carbon Program” by Alfan Subekti ‐ The Nature Conservancy
  • d. Discussion (QA session)

V. PRESENTATION SESSION II ‐ Indonesian Speaker ‐ (10.45‐13.00)

Moderator : Tunggul Butarbutar (GTZ Forclime)

  • a. “Methods of Underground and Above‐ground Biomass Estimation : East Kalimantan Case Study” by Dr. Syahrinuddin from C3S UM v
  • b. “Indonesian Strategy on Combating Climate Change : Case on LULUCF in Indonesia” by Dr. Doddy Sukadri from Indonesia National Climate Change Council
  • c. “Methods for Biomass and Carbon Estimation of Production Forest in Indonesia” by Dr. Fadjar Pambudhi, M.Sc from Faculty of Forestry University of Mulawarman
  • d. “New Methodology on Biomass and Forest Mapping in the Tropics” by Dr. Alesandro Baccini from WHRC
  • e. Discussion (QA session)

VI. Lunch and Break (13.00 – 14.00)

VII. PRESENTATION SESSION III – Countries Presentation – (14.00 – 15.15)

Moderator : Dr. Erwin (Center for Climate Change Studies University of Mulawarman)

  • a. Country presentation from Lao PDR
  • b. Country presentation Vietnam
  • c. Country presentation Cambodia
  • d. Discussion (QA session)

VIII. Coffee Break (15.15 – 15.30)

IX. PRESENTATION SESSION IV – Countries Presentation – (15.30 – 16.55)

Moderator : Dr. Erwin (Center for Climate Change Studies University of Mulawarman)

  • a. Country presentation Malaysia
  • b. Country presentation Thailand
  • c. Country presentation Papua Nugini
  • d. Discussion (QA session)

X. Closing Ceremony (17.00‐17.15) MC.

  • a. Conclusion by Dr. Deddy Hadriyanto (C3S UM)
  • b. Closing speech by Prof. Dr. Afif Ruchaemi – Dean of Faculty of Forestry University of Mulawarman

Days 2- 5

November 7, 2010

Participants arrive in Samarinda at Hotel Grand Victoria – Dinner at Hotel Grand Victoria (19:30)

November 8, 2010 – Hotel Grand Victoria

7:00 Breakfast Hotel Grand Victoria

8:00 All-day Presentation – Petung Room, Hotel Grand Victoria Samarinda

Center for Climate Change Studies, University of Mulawarman Participant country presentations (see attached schedule)

November 9, 2010 – University of Mulawarman

7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast Hotel Grand Victoria

8:20 – 8:30 Transport to University of Mulawarman (Hotel Lobby)

9:00 – 9:30 Overview of Biomass Mapping
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

9:30 – 10:30 Overview of Open Source (free) software R
Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Overview of Algorithms
Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

11:45 – 12:45 View data using ArcGIS
Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch (at University)

14:00 – 15:30 Review Biomass Mapping Script, Run and Analyze Error
Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:40 Review Biomass Mapping Script, Run and Analyze Error cont.
Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

16:00 – 17:00 View results of biomass mapping
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

November 10, 2010 – University of Mulawarman

7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast Hotel Grand Victoria

8:20 – 8:30 Transport to University of Mulawarman (Hotel Lobby)

9:00 – 10:00 Introduction to Segmentation
Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to Radar
Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Radar Exercise
Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

11:45 – 12:45 Forest/non-forest Mapping Script
Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 View Results of forest/non-forest mapping
Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

14:30 – 15:00 Discuss of Techniques and their Application
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

15:00 – 15:30 Downloading and Pre-processing MODIS Imagery
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:15 Filtering Plot Data
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

16:15 – 17:00 Filtering Plot Data Exercise
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

November 11, 2010 – University of Mulawarman

7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast Hotel Grand Victoria

8:20 – 8:30 Transport to University of Mulawarman (Hotel Lobby)

9:00 – 10:45 Biomass Mapping Exercise – Participant Country Data
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:45 Biomass Mapping Exercise Continued– Participant Country Data
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Data for Model Development and Validation: Ideas and Limitations
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center
Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:45 – 16:30 Discussion Session
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

16:30 – 17:00 Summary
Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

19:00 Transportation to LIPAN HILL Restaurant (Hotel Lobby)

19:30 Group Dinner, LIPAN HILL Restaurant

November 12, 2010 – Field Data Collection Methods

7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast Hotel Grand Victoria

8:20 – 8:30 Transport to University Forest (Hotel Lobby)

9:00 – 12:30 Field Methods at University Forest

13:00 -14:30 Lunch – Hotel Grand Victoria

14:30 – 16:00 Calculating Biomass from Field Observations

14:00 – 17:00 Wrap-up and Discussion

17:00 Workshop Close

Leng Chivin
Chief of Watershed and Forest Land Management Office
Forestry Administration
Cambodia
Pak Chealy
Deputy Director
Department of Forestry and Community
Forestry Administration
Cambodia
Sar Sophyra
Officer
Forestry Administration
Cambodia
Virni Budi Arifanti
Researcher
Forest Research and Development Agency Ministry of Forestry
Indonesia
Lenny Christy
GIS Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy
Indonesia Forest Program
Indonesia
Fadjar Pambudhi
Center for Social Forestry/Faculty of Forestry University of Mulawarman
Indonesia
Supriyanto
GIS/Technical Officer
REDD Working Group
East Kalimantan
Indonesia
Ali Suhardiman
Faculty of Forestry
University of Malawarman
Indonesia
Iwied Wahyulianto
Berau REDD Working Group
Indonesia
Serge Wich
Director of Research/Researcher
PanEco/University of Zurich
Indonesia
Deddy Hadriyanto
Director
Center for Climate Change Studies
University of Mulawarman
Indonesia
Virasith Phomsouvanh
Technical Officer
Remote Sensing Center
Water Resources and Environment
Research Institute
Lao PDR
Bounoum Vilaysone
Head of GIS Unit
Nam Theun 2 Watershed Management
and Protection Authority
Lao PDR
Thoumthone Vongvisouk
Lecturer
Land Use Planning and Rural Development
Faculty of Forestry,
National University of Laos
Lao PDR
Oala Iuda
GIS Forestry Officer
WWF, Papua New Guinea, Western Melanesia Programme
Papua New Guinea
Gewa Gamoga
REDD & Climate Change Officer
Papua New Guinea National Forest Authority
Papua New Guinea
Martin Golman
Deputy Director
Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute
Papua New Guinea
Rabbie Lalo
Planning Analyst
Forest Policy & Planning Directorate
Papua New Guinea Forest Authority
Papua New Guinea
Joe Pokana
Senior Policy Analyst, MRV
Office of Climate Change and Development
Papua New Guinea
Anuchit Ratanasuwan
Director of Geoinformatics Division
Department of National Parks,
Wildlife and Plant Conservation
Royal Forest Department
Thailand
Sukan Pungkul
Technical Forest Officer
Forest Survey and Assessment Division
Forest Land Management Office
Royal Forest Department
Thailand
Hamdan Bin Omar
Research Officer
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
Malaysia
Rodziah Hashim
Assistant Research Officer
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
Malaysia
Alessandro Baccini
Assistant Scientist
The Woods Hole Research Center
United States
Ned Horning
Director
Applied Biodiversity Informatics
American Museum of Natural History
United States
Danielle Knight
Research Assistant
The Woods Hole Research Center
United States
Max Nepstad
Intern
The Woods Hole Research Center
United States
Wayne Walker
Assistant Scientist
The Woods Hole Research Center
United States
Cao Chi Khiem
Researcher
Department of Silviculture
Forest Science Institute of Vietnam
Vietnam
Ha Thi Thuy Dung
Researcher
Department of Silviculture
Forest Science Institute of Vietnam
Vietnam
Pham Quoc Hung
Technical expert on GIS and REDD
Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI)
Vietnam
Mai Ky Vinh
GIS and Remote Sensing Expert
Forest Inventory and Planning Institute
Vietnam
Pham Ngoc Thanh
Researcher
Research Center for Forest
Ecology & Environment
Vietnam

As part of the Woods Hole Research Center’s capacity building initiatives, Assistant Scientists Alessandro Baccini and Wayne Walker, Research Assistant Danielle Knight, Intern Max Nepstad, and collaborator Ned Horning, of the American Museum of Natural History, led a workshop entitled Methods for Biomass Estimation and Forest-Cover Mapping in the Tropics, a training workshop on forest monitoring for Southeast Asian countries, from November 8-12, at the University of Mulawarman in Samarinda, Indonesia. Upon her return, Danielle wrote a personal summary of the experience:

Kalimantan

Flooding and Coal Mining

University of Mulawarman

Ale Workshop

Field Day


Photos by Max Nepstad