From May 30 to June 10, 2016, SECOSUD II Project and FAO organised a training course, held at the Department of Biological Sciences of the Eduardo Mondlane University, on the use of Collect Earth software for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry monitoring.
Collect Earth is a tool that enables data collection through augmented visual interpretation of satellite images. In conjunction with Google Earth, Bing Maps and Google Earth Engine, users can analyse high and very high resolution satellite imagery for a wide variety of purposes, including Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assessments. This software, developed in the framework of the OpenForis initiative, has already been used by FAO FRA in partnership with several universities around the world to perform a global assessment of forest resources.
The course has been attended by representatives of several Mozambican and international institutions in charge of forest, land use and climate change research and monitoring, such as UEM Department of Biological Sciences and Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering, MITADER Department of Forest Resources Inventory, National Directorate of Forestry (DINAF) , UT-REDD and Danish Embassy.
The course has been coordinated by FAO Forest Resource Assessment expert Dr. Marcelo Rezende, with the assistance of SECOSUD II staff. Some of the participants will collaborate with SECOSUD II, DINAF FAO and other partners to produce a dataset on LULUCF at the national level in Mozambique, monitoring Land Use Change in the last 15 years. This activity is included among the project components (Component 3), and is aimed at providing baseline data for Sustainable Land Management, Climate Change impact mitigation and definition of Land Degradation Neutrality targets to local institutions.