SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village – Kenya 2015

Workshop participants next to the RCMRD receiving station.

Where: Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development, Nairobi, Kenya.

When : May 5-8, 2015

Workshop Title: “Open source land cover change & forest connectivity mapping and introduction to GHG uncertainty estimation

The workshop aimed to initiate participants on using new methods for creating land cover and land-cover change maps by developing a Landsat-based land-cover change work flow, to demonstrate new applications for mapping forest connectivity, to provide an introduction on GHG uncertainty estimation from land-cover change. The program specifically focused on advantages and drawbacks of the different methods available. The workshop required advance knowledge in remote sensing and was constructed around discussions with participants in a participatory manner.


Ned Horning, AMNH trainer

Mapping land use and land cover change is becoming increasingly important as tropical countries are participating in agreements to manage forests to reduce their deforestation and increase carbon sequestration. The core section of this workshop was designed for remote sensing specialists who are or will be involved in developing land cover map for their institution in Kenya.  It introduced standard and new methods for creating land cover and land-cover change maps by developing a Landsat-based land-cover change work flow. Processing was done using R, an open source data processing software. Participants learned the practical aspects of processing land-cover change and options for improved accuracy. They were called to share their experience with other participants in an interactive manner. Workshop participants gained sufficient knowledge to apply what was learned in their own institution and understand the advantages and limitations of different approaches.


Merceline Ojwala, DRSRS workshop participant.

The last day of the workshop (May 8) was opened to a more general public involved in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The first part presented insights for estimating uncertainty in greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land-cover change. The second part was dedicated to approaches to increase co-benefits of conservation planning by focusing on high carbon stock area and connectivity between protected areas.

View the workshop agenda. (PDF)

View a list of the participants. (PDF)

Contributing institutions:

WHRC-logo_325     RCMRD_logo     AMNH_CBC_logo     NASA_logo

USAID_logo     servir_logo     KenyaForestService     ClintonClimateInnitiative