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The UN-REDD Programme supported a workshop on “Land Use, Land use Change, and Forest Monitoring with Collect Earth,” jointly organised by FAO and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) from 19-23 September 2016 in Bogor. Thirty-six staff from the Indonesian MoEF learned new skills in forest monitoring and put them into practice at the workshop.

The workshop was based on the need to improve the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) including a quick review of the status of the 3,000+ National Forest Inventory (NFI) plots and also included Indonesia’s contribution to the Global Forest Survey project.

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The workshop helped Indonesia test and develop FAO’s Collect-Earth system based on Google Earth which is an easy tool to use to deliver updated forest cover and change statistics. The participants quickly learnt how to use Collect-Earth to update the status of all the 3,000+ NFI plots across Indonesia. This information will be used to assist the improvement and potential re-design of the NFI, and to further develop the capacity of Indonesian MoEF staff to undertake rapid and reliable forest monitoring using the latest technology.

Several institutions whose work is related to NFI attended the opening session. Those included Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG), Research, Development and Innovation Agency (FORDA), CIFOR, WRI, and Bogor Agriculture Institute. The Director of Inventory and Forest Resources Monitoring (MoEF) Pak Ruandha Sugardiman, said, “The workshop is part of work to improve the NFI system and aligned with Indonesian’s targets to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by reducing deforestation” (left photo).

The 36 participants came from 22 regional spatial planning offices including Research, Development and Innovation Agency (FORDA), Directorate of GHGs, and Directorate of Inventory and Forest Resources Monitoring. The participants worked over the five days analysed over 8000+ plots of NFI and Global Forest Survey (GFS) to assess land cover change and get a quick estimate of forest area and deforestation.

The participants rated the workshop as highly successful, and FAO is investigating holding future events in Indonesia to continue to increase the use of the Collect-Earth system.

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(Text by Adam Gerrand and Bambang Arifatmi. Photos taken by Aditya Eka Permadi).

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