SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village – Kenya 2016
Where: Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development, Nairobi, Kenya.
When: March 22-24, 2016
Workshop Title: “Tools for Carbon Emissions Estimation and Mapping in East Africa”
The overarching workshop objective was to present and work with open source tools for carbon emissions estimation, land cover map accuracy assessment, uncertainty analysis, and provide an introduction to using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for mapping and assessing forest cover. We were pleased to present this 3-day training workshop to familiarize attendees with tools and techniques for mapping carbon emissions in East Africa, in the context of forest carbon management and international policies on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). The primary audience for the workshop was geospatial technicians from eastern African countries.
Mapping land cover change and estimating the resulting carbon emissions 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 and GIS specialists who are or will be involved in developing land cover maps for their work. It introduced standard and new methods for calculating carbon emissions and estimating accuracy of land cover and land-cover change maps. Processing was done using R, an open source data processing software package. Participants learned the practical aspects of estimating carbon emissions and the accuracy of data products used to calculate emissions. Methods using very high resolution imagery acquired from small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) was presented in the context of mapping forest degradation. Participants also shared their experience with other participants in an interactive manner in estimating carbon emissions as well as different approaches. Workshop participants acquired new skills and knowledge that is useful for their mandate at their own institutions, and were able to consider the advantages and limitations of different approaches.
The last day of the workshop was opened to a more general public involved in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the activities were developed to answer participants’ interests. The first part focused on 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.