Watershed Characterization Cum Vulnerability Assessment using GIS/RS

The Forest Management Bureau through Forest Resources Conservation Division (FRCD) conducted an "Orientation Training on Watershed Characterization and Vulnerability Assessment Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing" last June 29-July 2, 2015 at Lancaster Hotel, Shaw Boulevard. Participants from all regional Offices, including ARMM attended the said orientation-training workshop.

The objectives of the orientation training workshop were to: a) capacitate all regions and field implementers towards a common framework and understanding as far as implementation of the DMC 2008-05; b) apply modern technologies such as GIS and remote sensing in watershed delineation and characterization; c) provide science based methods and techniques for floral and faunal sampling; and d) ensure the effective and efficient management and development of watershed.

At the end of the training, the participants learned the: a) basic and advanced concepts in watershed management; b) delineation of watershed boundaries and streams using GIS software; c) computation of different parameters in watershed characterization; d) field methodologies in the biophysical characterization of watersheds; e) analysis of vulnerabilities to different natural hazards with the aid of GIS software; and f) preparation of a watershed management plan compliant to DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2008-5.

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