Education & Capacity Building: Vietnam Workshop 2009

Workshop on New Approaches for Measuring and Monitoring Carbon Stock and Forest Cover in the Tropics

Cattien National Park, Vietnam – November 9-12, 2009

The workshop on New Approaches for Measuring and Monitoring Carbon Stock and Forest Cover in the Tropics brought together 33 government and NGO technical officers from seven Southeast Asian countries for four days of training, discussion and collaboration on forest cover mapping and carbon density mapping. Held at Cattien National Park outside of Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, the workshop incorporated theoretical presentations on regional, national and pan-tropical approaches to forest-cover and carbon measuring and monitoring, practical field training, as well as policy applications of methods for the emerging Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Participants included representatives from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Lao PDR. Following the workshop a sub-set or participants participated in an intensified field training to further learn methods being used by the Woods Hole Research Center for calibrating remotely sensed data with field measurements in the creation of a pan-tropical biomass map. Collaboration with in-country participants for the development of national and pan-tropical maps is an integral part of the project with the aim of making available these data sets to forestry administrations, NGOs and other organizations for use in conservation or compensated reduction programs.

The Woods Hole Research Center would like to thank the following institutions for their assistance: Cattien National Park, Vietnam; Cambodia Forestry Administration; Department of Forestry Lao PDR; Forest Research Institute of Malaysia; WWF Papua New Guinea; Royal Forestry Department, Thailand; Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), FAO Vietnam, Forest Inventory and Planning Institute, Vietnam Forestry Administration and Pan-Tropical scholar Nguyen Hanh Quyen from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and Ned Horning of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) for helping to organize and plan the workshop.

Funding and support:

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google.org, and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

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November 8th (Sunday)

Participants arrive in late afternoon/early evening for group dinner (20:00) at Cat Tien National Park

November 9th (Monday)
Full-day indoor session

Welcome and introductory remarks (objectives and logistics):  9:00-9:30

Alessandro Baccini, The Woods Hole Research Center

Danielle Knight, The Woods Hole Research Center

Introduction to Cat Tien National Park9:30-10:00

Mr. Thanh, Cat Tien National Park
Overview of The Woods Hole Research Center & pantropical mapping activities:  10:00-10:30

Alessandro Baccini, The Woods Hole Research Center

***Break 10:30-11:00***

Introduction to the Vietnam Space Technology Institute11:00-11:30

Nguyen Hanh Quyen, Introduction to Space Technology Institute at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)

Introduction to REDD:  11:30-12:00

REDD in the Real World – Film produced by the Forum on Readiness for REDD at the Woods Hole Research Center

***Lunch 12:00-13:30***

► REDD: Policy and Practice13:30-14:15

Richard McNally, SNV-Netherlands Development Organisation

Overview of Forest Inventory and Planning Institute:  14:15-15:00

Mr. Nguyen Manh Dung, FIPI Vietnam

***Break 15:00-15:30***

Overview of REDD projects throughout the region:  15:30-17:00

Tim Holland, SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation

Chea Nareth, Forestry Administration, Cambodia

Iwied Wahyulianto – REDD Working Group, Berau District, East Kalimantan

November 10th (Tuesday)
Full-day indoor session

Forest inventory methods across S.E. Asia:  9:00-10:30

Sukan Pungkul, Forest Land Management Office, Royal Forest Department, Thailand

Mr. Soukan Bounthabandid, Department of Forestry, Laos

Hoang Viet Anh, Forest Science Institute of Vietnam (FSIV)

***Break 10:30-11:00***

Forest inventory methods across S.E. Asia:  11:00-12:00

Harry Yong, Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia

Roy Banka, WWF and Forest Authority, Papua New Guinea

***Lunch 12:00-1:30***

Remote sensing-based forest survey methods    

Introduction to space-based forest monitoring:  13:30-14:15

Wayne Walker,The Woods Hole Research Center

Landsat data for biomass estimation at national scale: the case-study of Uganda: 14:15-15:00

Valerio Avitabile, Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare/Carbo-Africa

***Break 15:00-15:30***

Remote sensing-based forest survey methods    

Large Area Biomass Mapping with Satellite and Field Observations 15:30-16:45

Alessandro Baccini, The Woods Hole Research Center  

Open source software solutions:  16:15-17:00

Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

***Dinner 18:00 ***

***Night Tour 19:30-20:30 ***

November 11th (Wednesday)
Full-day indoor session

Linking remotely sensed imagery and ground-based surveys 9:00-10:30

Mai Ky Vinh, Forest Inventory and Planning Institute, Vietnam

Horn Leang, Forestry Administration, Cambodia

Kanita Meedej, Forest Land Management Office, Royal Forest Dept., Thailand

***Break 10:30-11:00***

Linking remotely sensed imagery and ground-based surveys 11:00-12:00

Hamden Omar, Forest Research Institute, Malaysia

***Lunch 12:00-13:30****

Linking remotely sensed imagery and ground-based surveys 13:30-14:30

Ali Suhardiman, Forestry Planning Laboratory, Univ. of Mulawarman, Indonesia

A forest cover change study gone bad: Lessons learned from measuring changes in forest cover in Madagascar:

Ned Horning, American Museum of Natural History

Scaling from field measurement to remotely-sensed data 14:30-15:00

Alessandro Baccini, The Woods Hole Research Center

***Break 15:00-15:30***

Discussion:  15:30-17:00

***Dinner 19:00 ***

November 12th (Thursday)
Full-day outdoor session

Focus will be on field measurements for biomass estimation with emphasis on the following:

  • Plot design
  • Data collection
  • Plot-level biomass estimation
  • Plot-level CO2 emissions calculation

***Group Dinner (19:00) ***

Title Organization
Forest Monitoring of Mahakam Delta, Indonesia Faculty of Forestry, University of Mulawarman, Indonesia
Berau Forest Carbon Program: Developing Readiness for REDD Implementation in Indonesia REDD Working Group- Berau District Government, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Cat Tien National Park Overview Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam
The Cat Tien Landscape – Pro Poor REDD Project Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)
REDD Project in Cambodia Cambodia Forestry Administration
REDD Policy and Practice in Southeast Asia Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)
Introduction to the Space Technology Institute – Vietnam Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
Remote Sensing Application  for Forest Monitoring in Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), Thailand
Forest Inventory in Malaysia Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia
Forest Inventory Methods In Papua New Guinea World Wildlife Fund and Papua New Guinea Forest Authority
Landsat Data for Biomass Estimation at National Scale in Uganda Friedrich Schiller University, Germany
Forestry and Carbon in Lao PDR Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
Large Area Biomass Mapping with Satellite and Field Observations Woods Hole Research Center, USA
Open Source Software Solutions American Natural History Museum, USA
Thailand Forest Mapping 2008 : Procedure and Progression Royal Forest Department, Thailand
Vietnam Forest Inventory: Design and Utilization Forest Science Institute of Vietnam (FSIV)
Satellite-based Sensors for Monitoring Tropical Forests Woods Hole Research Center, USA
A Forest Cover Change Study Gone Bad American Natural History Museum, USA
Remote Sensing for Tropical Forest Biomass in Malaysia Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Forest Cover Assessment of Economic Land Concession by Using RS/GIS Cambodia Forestry Administration
Scaling from Field Measurement to Remotely Sensed Data Woods Hole Research Center, USA
Linking Remote Sensing data and fieldwork to improve the quality of forest mapping Forest Inventory and Planning Institute, Vietnam

 

Country Name Position Organization
Cambodia Mr. Leng Chivin Chief in Charge of Remote Sensing/GIS Unit Forestry Administration
Cambodia Mr. Horn Leang RS/GIS specialist Forestry Administration
Cambodia Mr. Chea Nareth REDD Coordinator Forestry Administration
Indonesia Iwied Wahyulianto Coordinator, Secretariat, REDD Working Group Berau District, East Kalimantan
Indonesia Ali Suhardiman Lecturer, Faculty of Forestry Forest Planning Laboratory, The University of Mulawarman
Italy Valerio Avitabile PhD Student Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Lao PDR Mr. Bounoum VILAYSONE Head, GIS Unit Nam Theun 2 Watershed Management  and Protection Authority
Lao PDR Mr. Soukan Bounthabandid Head of GIS-RS Unit, Forest Inventory and Planning Division Department of Forestry
Lao PDR Ms. Kongsy Syliphong GIS-RS Officer, Forest Inventory and Planning Division Department of Forestry
Lao PDR Ms. Syphavanh Inthapatha  Head of Information and GIS Management Section,  Division of Forest Resource Conservation Department of Forestry
Lao PDR Dr. Sithong Thongmanivong Head of GIS-RS Division Watershed Department, NUoL
Malaysia Mr. Harry Yong  Assistant Director,  Forest Management Division Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia
Malaysia Mr. Hamdan Omar Research Officer Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
Malaysia Ms Nadia Che Idris Research Officer Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
Papua New Guinea Roy Banka Forest Research Coordinator WWF, Papua New Guinea/Papua New Guinea Forest Authority
Papua New Guinea Mr. Oala Iuda  GIS Forestry Officer WWF, Papua New Guinea, Western Melanesia Program
Papua New Guinea Mr. Gewa Gamoga Climate Change Officer Papua New Guinea National Forest Authority
Thailand Mr.Sukan Pungkul Forest Survey and Assessment Division Forest Land Management Office, Royal Forest Department
Thailand Mr. Anuchit Ratanasuwan Senior Forestry Officer (Director of Remote Sensing Division) Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Royal Forest Department
Thailand Ms. Kanita Medej Senior Forestry Officer (Direct of Forest Monitoring Division) Forest Land Management Office, Royal Forest Department
Thailand Ms. Phutchard Vicharnakorn Doctoral Student Asian Institute of Technology
United States Danielle Knight Administrative/Research Assistant The Woods Hole Research Center
United States Alessandro Baccini Assistant Scientist The Woods Hole Research Center
United States Wayne Walker Assistant Scientist The Woods Hole Research Center
United States Ned Horning American Museum of Natural History
Vietnam Tim Holland Advisor REDD Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) 
Vietnam Richard McNally Senior carbon advisor Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) 
Vietnam Mai Ky Vinh GIS/GPS/RS database specialist; head, GIS group Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI), Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD), Vietnam
Vietnam Hoang Viet Anh, PhD Researcher, GIS, Environment Research Centre for Forest Ecology and Environment (RCFEE), Forest Science Institute of Vietnam (FSIV)
Vietnam Akiko Inoguchi Program Officer – Forestry  FAO Vietnam 
Vietnam Mr. Phan Minh Sang Silviculture and Forest Carbon Calculation Forest Science Institute of Vietnam
Vietnam Quyen Huyen Hanh Dept. of Remote Sensing – GIS – GPS, Space Technology Institute – Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
Vietnam Mr. Nguyen Manh Dung Sub-FIPI
Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Vinh Acting Director Institute of Tropical Biology, Department of Ecology