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

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ADB: Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2016

1st November 2016

The Key Indicators presents key statistics on development issues concerning Asia and the Pacific and includes the latest available economic, financial, social, and environmental indicators for ADB's 48 regional members.

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ADB Economic Corridor Development for Inclusive Asian Regional Integration: Modeling Approach to Economic Corridors

2nd January 2014

This ADB publication looks at the experience of economic corridor development from across the world, including successful economic corridor developments in the European Union and South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) regions. There are important lessons to be learned for successful corridor development including for two priority regions in Asia, the Greater Mekong Subregion and the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation.

This publication also features a chapter on CEP experience applying spatial tools for economic corridor planning in the GMS.

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