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Supporting the JRC TREES-3 and FAO UN-REDD initiatives

Production of a satellite imagery geo-database over the Tropics to address forest related issues, as expressed by the European Commission through the Joint Research Center (JRC) and by the UN_REDD initiative, through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Project References
 Name TropForest
 Title Supporting the JRC TREES-3 and FAO UN-REDD initiatives
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Land
 Cost €500k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status In progress (KO 07/02/2011)
 Sensors ALOS : AVNIR-2
Project Description

In spite of the importance of forests in the face of climate change, our knowledge of the state and changes of tropical forests over the last two decades remains surprisingly limited.

With the TropForest initiative, the European Space Agency is teaming up with the JRC's
TREES-3 project, and with the FAO's United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) to have a joint action on the estimates of forests cover changes and degradation in the tropical forests of Latin America and South East Asia.

The project principal goal is to support the 2010 global forest assessment performed by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission and by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and by their national points of contact in the subject countries.

The first objective of the project is to create an harmonized satellite imagery database covering the tropical Latin America (without Mexico) and the Tropical South and South East Asia (without China) over the years 2009-2010. The TropForest geo-database consist of a collection of about 2,500 orthorectified images (DEIMOS-1, AVNIR-2 and KOMPSAT-2) over sample sites located at the degree confluences (i.e. with the centres of the tiles located at each 1deg x qdeg geographical lat/long intersection). This database will allow JRC and FAO to provide precise benchmarks on the state of the tropical forest extent, change and related carbon emissions.

Project Consortium
 Prime contractor INFOTERRA UK : INFOTERRA Ltd, GEO-Information division of EADS Astrium Services.
 Subcontractors SPOT IMAGE : SPOT IMAGE, GEO-Information division of EADS Astrium Services.
SPOT INFOTERRA HELLAS : Spot Infoterra Hellas SA, GEO-Information division of EADS Astrium Services
User Partnership
 Users CATIE : Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza
CIAT : International Center for Tropical Agriculture
CONAP : National Council for Protected Areas
EMBRAPA's satellite monitoring centre : EMBRAPA's satellite monitoring centre
ESSC : Environmental Science for Social Change
FAN : Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza
FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FIPI : Forest Inventory and Planning Institute
Forest Inventory and Planning Division : Forest Inventory and Planning Division
Forestry Administration : Forestry Administration
Forestry Department : Forestry Department
Forestry Department : Forestry Department
Forestry Survey of India : Forestry Survey of India
ICC - Guyana : Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development
IRD : Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
IVIC : Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research - Center for Ecology
JRC : Joint Research Center
La Molina University : La Molina University
LBB : Dienst 's Lands Bosbeheer (Surinam Forest Service)
MAGFOR : Ministry of agriculture and forestry
Ministry of Forestry : Ministry of Forestry
MNREI : Min. of Natural Resources and Environment
Office of Climate Change : Office of Climate Change
PNG Forest Authority : Forest Planning-Mapping Branch
RFD : Royal Forestry Department
RRC.AP : Regional Resource Center in Asia and the Pacific
SPARRSO : Space Research & RS Organization
Suranaree University : Suranaree University
Contact Points
 Project Manager Helen Stannard
Infoterra Ltd
GEO-Information Services
Astrium Services
Europa House, The Crescent,
Farnborough, Hampshire, GU33 6AL, UK
Tel: +44 1252 362075
Fax: +44 1252 375016
 Technical Officer Marc Paganini
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
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Tel: +39 06-941.80563
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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