Education & Capacity Building: Rwanda Workshop 2011

Methods for Biomass Estimation and Forest-Cover Mapping in the Tropics: From Carbon Policy to Technical Training

Kigali and Ruhengeri, Rwanda  –  June 21-24, 2011

From June 20 through June 25, 2011, the Woods Hole Research Center staff held a workshop in Kigali and Ruhengeri, Rwanda, on methods for biomass estimation and forest cover mapping in the tropics. The five-day workshop brought together policy and technical officers from Africa and countries around the world. The policy workshop was attended by over sixty-eight participants including thirty-two from Rwanda.

The workshop began with a one day national policy workshop in Kigali on forest monitoring tools and techniques and their increasing importance in policies for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD). It continued in Ruhengeri with a smaller training workshop for technical staff focused on combining remote sensing and field based forest inventory methods to derive carbon maps. Thirty-two international participants in total including 7 Rwandan technicians from government, NGOs, and academic institutions had the opportunity to receive this advanced technical training.

The workshop featured several presentations on forest and carbon monitoring in the tropics and Africa given by the participants. It also included computer training in the generation of biomass maps integrating field measurements and remotely sensed data, computer training on forest/non-forest mapping, the use of free and open-source software and commercial GIS software (ESRI) for forest biomass estimation, data set options for producing carbon maps, and discussions of forest mapping in the context of REDD and other forest carbon financing opportunities in tropical regions.

Funding and support were provided by the following institutions:

National Forest Authority, Rwanda Development Board, Rwandan Environmental Management Authority, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Google.org.

Policy Day Agenda (Kigali)

Lake Kivu Conference Room, Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali

08:00 – 08:30 Participant Registration

08:30 – 10:30 Opening Ceremony: Dr. Glenn Bush, Woods Hole Research Center

08:30 – 09:00 Welcoming and Opening Address: Honorable Minister Stanislas Kamanzi – Ministry of Natural Resources

09:00 – 10:30 Welcoming From Co-Host National Institutions: Rwanda Development Board Tourism and Conservation (RDB)- Rica Rwigamba, Head of Department

Keynote Address: Forest carbon: A catalyst for Green Development in Rwanda Rwanda Environment Management Authority  (REMA) Dr Rose Mukankomeje – Director General

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 -13:00 Introduction to REDD :

What is REDD and other carbon finance mechanisms: Clovis Grinand, Good Planet, France

National and sub-national Carbon monitoring tools developed at the WHRC – Dr. Nadine Laporte, Woods Hole Research Center

REDD and Ecosystem Services – Wahida Patwa-Shah, UN REDD Program, UNEP, Nairobi

Questions & Discussion with panelists (15 minutes) Moderator: Glenn Bush

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at Hotel des Mille Collines

14:00 – 14:45 International REDD Initiatives and Remote Sensing Tools for REDD:

Google Earth Engine- A tool for REDD – David Thau, Google Earth Outreach

RS data providers for REDD – Didier Rigal, ASTRIUM

Questions & Discussion with panelists (15 minutes) Moderator: Dr. Alessandro Baccini

14:45 – 16:00 REDD Presentations Continued:

REDD+ Monitoring in the DRC, Christophe Musampa, Geoinformatics Division, Forest Inventory and Management Directorate

National Forest and Carbon monitoring in Kenya, Peter Ndunda, Greenbelt Movement

ILUA – Contribution to REDD process in Zambia, Abel Siampale and Sitwala Wamunyima

Questions & Discussion with panelists (30 minutes) Moderator: Dr. Nadine Laporte

16:00 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 17:30 Sub-national REDD Projects:

WCS REDD Projects in Uganda – Grace Nangendo, Wildlife Conservation Society

REDD sub-national project in Tanzania, Alex Njahani, Jane Goodall Institute

Sub-national forest and carbon monitoring Bolivia, Eric Armijo, FAN

Tayina Gorilla Reserve REDD+ Project, DRC
Juan Carlos Bonilla, Diane Fossey  Gorilla Fund International

Questions & Discussion with panelists (15minutes) Moderator: Dr. Wayne Walker

17:30 – 17:45 Closing Day 1

National Forest Authority – Frank Rutabingwa – Director General

19:00 – 20:00 Evening cocktail reception – Hotel des Mille Collines

 


 

Technical Training Days Agenda (Ruhengeri)

Gorilla Hotel, Ruhengeri, Rwanda – June 21st-24th, 2011

June 21, 2011 (Tuesday) – Departure for Ruhengeri (Musanze)

7:30 Departure from Kigali

10:00 Arrival at the Gorilla Hotel, Ruhengeri – Technical training

11:00-12:30 Introduction, objectives, and logistics of workshop – Glenn Bush & Chloe Starr

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Introduction to forest and land cover mapping – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

14:30-15:00 New approaches to map biomass – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-15:45 Overview of open source (free) software – Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

15:45-16:15 Overview of algorithms – Mr. Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

16:15–17:30 Introduction to field protocols and new tools (ODK phones) – Dr. Alessandro Baccini & Dr. Wayne Walker Woods Hole Research Center & David Thau, Google

June 22, 2011 (Wednesday) – The Gorilla Hotel, Ruhengeri

6:00-8:00 Breakfast

Group 1 Biomass Exercise / Group 2 Field Trip

8:00-10:00 Biomass mapping exercise – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

10:00-10:30 Scaling plot data – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Biomass mapping exercise – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

11:45-12:45 Downloading and pre-processing of MODIS imagery from NASA website – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

Downloading and pre-processing of MODIS imagery using earth Engine – David Thau, Google

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

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-17:00 Wrap-up/Discussion – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

June 23, 2011 (Thursday) – The Gorilla Hotel, Ruhengeri

6:00-7:00 Breakfast

Group 2 Biomass Exercise / Group 1 Field Trip

7:00-8:00 Transport to field site

8:00–9:30 Hike to location of field exercise

9:30-12:00 Field exercise – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center & Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center & Ned Horning, Woods Hole Research Center

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–14:30 Hike to bus

14:30–16:00 Transport to Hotel la Palme

16:00–17:30 Calculating biomass from field observations – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center & David Thau, Google

17:30-18:00 Wrap-up

June 24, 2011 (Friday) – The Gorilla Hotel, Ruhengeri

8:00-9:45 Introduction to segmentation – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

9:45-10:30 Introduction to radar remote sensing – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:45 Forest/Non-forest Mapping Exercise – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

12:45-14:00 Lunch

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

14:30-15:00 Discussion of techniques and their application – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

15:00-16:00 Workshop closing and Departure logistic

Welcome – Rwanda Development Board Tourism and Conservation (RDB)- Rica Rwigamba, Head of Department

ILUA – Contribution to REDD process in Zambia, Abel Siampale and Sitwala Wamunyima

New approaches to map biomass – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

Biomass exercise – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

Downloading and pre-processing of MODIS imagery from NASA website – Dr. Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center

REDD sub-national project in Tanzania, Alex Njahani, Jane Goodall Institute

REDD+ Monitoring in the DRC, Christophe Musampa, Geoinformatics Division, Forest Inventory and Management Directorate

What is REDD and other carbon finance mechanisms: Clovis Grinand, Good Planet, France

Google Earth Engine- A tool for REDD – David Thau, Google Earth Outreach

RS data providers for REDD – Didier Rigal, ASTRIUM

Sub-national forest and carbon monitoring Bolivia, Eric Armijo, FAN

WCS REDD Projects in Uganda – Grace Nagendo, Wildlife Conservation Society

REDD in the context of biodiversity conservation strategies, Juan Carlos Bonilla

Honorable Minister Stanislas Kamanzi – Ministry of Natural Resources

National and sub-national Carbon monitoring tools developed at the WHRC – Dr. Nadine Laporte, Woods Hole Research Center

National Forest and Carbon monitoring in Kenya, Peter Ndunda, Greenbelt Movement

Forest carbon: A catalyst for Green Development in Rwanda Rwanda Environment Management Authority  (REMA) Dr Rose Mukankomeje – Director General

REDD and Ecosystem Services – Wahida Patwa-Shah, UN REDD Program, UNEP, Nairobi

Introduction to radar remote sensing – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

Introduction to segmentation – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

Introduction to forest and land cover mapping – Dr. Wayne Walker, Woods Hole Research Center

Participant Name Country
Eric Armijo Bolivia
Christophe Musampa DR Congo
Clovis Grinand France
Didier Rigal France
Paola Mekui Biyogo Gabon
Antony Ndubi Kenya
Peter Ndunda Kenya
Wahida Patwa-Shah Kenya
Mr. Rado Andriamasimanana Madagascar
Sitraka Ranoeliarivao Madagascar
Faruk Mamugy Mozambique
Japhet Kashaigili Tanzania
Boniface Mbilinyi Tanzania
Alex Njahani Tanzania
Sam Mugisha Uganda
Majaliwa Mwanjalolo Uganda
Grace Nagendo Uganda
Simon Nampindo Uganda
Edward Senyonjo Uganda
David Thau USA
Abel Siampale Zambia
Sitwala Wamunyima Zambia
Aimable Musana Rwanda
Innocent Ndikubwimana Rwanda
Papias Karanganwa Rwanda
Mediatrice Bana Rwanda
Felix Ndagijimana Rwanda
Elias Nyandwi Rwanda
Augustin Mihigo Rwanda
Herman Hakuzimana Rwanda
Escobar Binyinyi DRC
Lake Kivu Conference Room, Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali

 

Gorilla Hotel, Ruhengeri, Rwanda
Rwanda mapWoods Hole Research Center scientists are co-hosting a workshop, Methods for Biomass Estimation and Forest-Cover Mapping in the Tropics, from June 20-24 in Kigali and Ruhengeri, Rwanda. The five-day workshop begins with one day of national policy presentations in Kigali aimed at creating awareness of the operational and technical needs required to establish and monitor a national framework for tropical forest carbon monitoring. It continues in Ruhengeri with a smaller training workshop for technical staff focusing on combined remote sensing and field based forest inventory methods.

Associate Scientist Nadine Laporte, Assistant Scientists Glenn Bush, Alessandro Baccini, Wayne Walker, GIS Manager Greg Fiske, and Research Assistant Chloe Starr are leading the work. Partners include the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority, and the Rwandan National Forest Authority.

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