Collect Earth Training and LULUCF assessment in eSwatini (Swaziland)

In the framework of the MoU signed with UNESWA, MoA and SNTC, the SECOSUD II project organized a training course on the use of Collect Earth software for Land Use Assessment, Land Use Change and Forest Monitoring.

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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 training was conducted at the eSwatini Ministry of Agriculture from July 2nd to 6th, 2018 and included 17 participants from MoA, ENTC, UNESWA, MET, Forestry and others.

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Presentation of LULUCF assessment with Collect Earth by S. Cianciullo

The course was coordinated by the FAO-Rome representative, Dr. Silvio Cianciullo, with the assistance of the SECOSUD II team: Dr. Luca Malatesta (Scientific Coordinator), and Edna Munjovo (research assistant for LULUCF assessment in Mozambique).

The capacities acquired will be critical, as some of the participants will collaborate with SECOSUD II to produce a national LULUCF dataset on eSwatini, monitoring Land Use Change over 15 years (2001 -2016). The results will be used as baseline data for Sustainable Land Management, mitigating the impact of Climate Change, and setting Land Degradation Neutrality goals for local institutions.

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Group photo after training at eSwatini MoA

The SECOSUD II team thanks all the participants to the course, and in particular, Mr. Sipho Shiba and Wisdom Dlamini, for their support in organizing the course and the related logistics.

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Lunch break with the Collect Earth eSwatini team

 

Foundations of biodiversity data network in Swaziland – First training completed

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In the framework of the MoU recently signed with UNISWA and SNTC, we are exporting the BioNoMo initiative, aimed at creating networks of primary biodiversity data providers, to Swaziland. The final objective is to create a portal to host research-grade biodiversity data from various national sources and provide these data to the public to support scientific research, environmental planning, reporting and citizen science. As a first step, a training course on biodiversity data bases has been held at UNISWA Faculty of Science from October 30 to November 3, 2017.

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