Training on the Production and Calibration of Philippine-specific Forest Cover Maps

The Forest Management Bureau (FMB) led the Philippine delegation composed of foresters and geodetic engineers in the training on the Production and Calibration of Philippine-specific Forest Cover Maps at the Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF), Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA last May 21-25, 2018. The delegates were composed of GIS practitioners from DENR-FMB, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), UP-DOST Phil-LiDAR Program, and the USAID's Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program. The training is part of the initiative to use the Philippine LiDAR data to improve the accuracy of the global land cover dataset produced by the GLCF. The Philippine- specific forest cover maps will be used in the National Forest Monitoring System being developed by DENR-FMB.

During the five-day training, the participants gained understanding on the calibration process using the methods and exercises organized, designed and developed by GLCF. They also conducted a one-day field visit at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute where interns from SCBI demonstrated how drones, whose functions and outputs are similar with LiDAR, can be an alternate to the calibration and validation process.

The training was made possible by the support of US Department of Agriculture- Forest Service International Programs, US Agency for International Development, and the USAID’s B+WISER Program.
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