The project, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) under the Value Adding Element program, aims to develop Earth Observation (EO) services to support the FSC certification process.
For this purpose the project will demonstrate a portfolio of validated spaceborne EO services on responsibly managed natural forests and plantations. Part of these EO services will be the estimation of forest biophysical characteristics such as tree height and diameter at breast height, using radar EO sensors. The demonstration of mapping and monitoring will be carried out together with FSC Members in the boreal (Mondi Syktyvkar in Russia), temperate natural forest (Holmen Skog in Sweden) and sub tropical plantations (Sappi in South Africa).
A key development will be an Open Source software that will facilitate visualization of remote sensed maps and the extraction and integration of data with forest management information systems. This “Forest Management Toolkit” will be used in the three project areas.
Visit the Forest Management Toolkit website.
The project follows two earlier ESA sponsored projects, done in conjunction with FSC, which laid the foundation for this project. The first, in 2005-2007, involved a market survey to establish the need for new and improved geospatial data sources in forestry management and certification and included several demonstration trials carried out in the Congo (CIB), Brazil (Orsa do Brazil) and South Africa (York Timbers). Based on the output of this project, ESA sponsored a project in 2009 which, for the first time, successfully demonstrated the measurement of the key biophysical characteristics in even age plantations. This enabled estimation of timber volume at compartment level across the whole FMU at a single point in time.
The primary objective is to evaluate how this technology could improve the quality of the data used in the certification process by establishing:
The key outcomes are:
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