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GoogleREDD project for sustainable forest management (Vietnam)

GoogleREDD is a project run by CartONG and GIZ in Vietnam investigating sustainable forest management options for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands region in the context of the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests in Developing countries programme.

After being responsible for the thematic and spatial component of the buffer zone development plan for buffer zone communities of the Phon Kha Khe Bang national park in 2011, CartONG was requested in 2012 to document the whole process, analyze it and elaborate a step by step guideline. A side aspect was also to describe potential REDD+ activities and assist in kick-starting the process.

GoogleREDD is a project run by CartONG and GIZ in Vietnam investigating sustainable forest management options for ethnic minorities in the Central Highlands region in the context of the United Nations’ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of forests in Developing countries programme.

The main goal of the project is the deforestation of witness zones mapping with forest technicians from GIZ and local community. This mapping shows gains and loss of forest. But the project was also including different elements:

-        Awareness to deforestation project

-        Training to information collection techniques in order to conduct forest inventories to set up a model of carbon stock and enable an exchange of local authorities’ national experiences.

This REDD project is a replication of numerous project of carbon stock measure that are done across the world. In order to complete successfully this project a steady field work was needed and enable quantification –thanks to different methods – of samplings and in situ statements of wood volumes but also analysis of the forest cover thanks to remote sensing.

The results’ sharing has been done with collaboration and geographic visualisation Google tools.

The main goal of the project is to back vietnameese governement ine the REDD project  (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). 

The latest consists in displaying deforestation rates for two pilot municipality in Central Highlands in Viet-Nam. The use of satellite imagery or aerial photographs enable one to provide accurate area measures. However, forest and ecosystem are very varied and calculation of carbon's stock in forest depends on types of forest. Thus, the project is to realize forest inventories on field with local communities.

Carbon's stocks are calculated through the development of suitable models.
 
 
 
This project - supported by Google.org - is integrated into the sustainable forest management one of GIZ's programs.
Steps' of the project :
 
1. Mapping of gain and loss of forest
2. Awareness to deforestation
3. Updating progress in Viet-Nam
4. Stakeholders' training for mapping and forest inventories
5. Setting up a model of carbon's stock and exchange of national experiences of local communities. More information on the  blog.

In this project CartONG is supported by  Planet Action (donation of ENVI license and test of Icognition) as well as with satellite imagery.
 

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