GMS Forest Cover and Land Use Mapping (2014–2016)
Forest cover and land use (FCLU) maps are essential for effective development planning, providing an important proxy from which to assess the distribution and value of natural resources and ecosystem services, as well as threats and opportunities to these resources.
With quality FCLU information, planners can employ detailed spatial analyses – such as spatial multicriteria assessments, ecosystem service valuations, and land use change modeling – to help evaluate the environmental, social, and economic implications of proposed development investments.
However, producing high quality FCLU maps can be both costly and time consuming, requiring technical capacity and financial resources often not available to governments in the GMS. In addition, there lacks regional coordination for mapping standards and updating, which in turn limits sector, regional and transboundary landscape planning potential.
CEP is helping to overcome these challenges by developing and institutionalizing a regionally consistent and cost-effective FCLU mapping approach for the GMS. The activity will see a medium-high resolution map (up to 30m x 30m resolution) of the entire GMS produced with around a dozen thematic layers covering various forest and agriculture types.
The focus will be on using low-cost and free mapping software, developing a capacity building program to anchor FCLU in national academic institutions, and provide ongoing support to integrate FCLU information into regional, national, and subnational planning processes.
Publish Date: 9th June 2014
Last Updated: 9th June 2014