During the month of April, the "Forests 2020 Conference" was held in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. More than 70 participants from the countries involved in this project attended, from countries such as, Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, Ghana and Kenya.
The objective of the conference was to present the different experiences, advances and applications developed with the participating countries in the framework of the Forests 2020 Project, which is supported by the United Kingdom Space Agency, through its International Partners Program, and is led by Ecometrica. The objective of the project is to improve forestry monitoring systems in partner countries, together with the Universities of Edinburgh, Leicester, Carbomap and partners, such as national and subnational governments, civil society organizations, consultants and research institutions.
AMBIO participated in the community monitoring panel, presenting experiences in Chiapas where the communities have been involved in monitoring their forests to improve local governance. Forests 2020 has focused on improving three areas of forest monitoring in particular: detecting forest changes, mapping deforestation risks and improving digital infrastructure through the Earth Observation Labs, so these maps can reach policy stakeholders for decision making and in an easy format.
The panels presented diverse experiences around the detection of forest changes, biomass mapping, deforestation risk modeling, fires, early warnings, community monitoring, segregation and classification of satellite images, as well as monitoring of basic products that aspire to be certified as zero deforestation (such as palm oil, avocado and cocoa).
For more information about the event and the slides, visit the page: https://ecometrica.com/space/forests2020-conference