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In the Field. Pantropical Scholars Newsletter (november 2011)

  1. 1. November
2011
 Photo:
 Pantropical
 scholars,
 Woods
 Hole
Research
Center
Staff,
and
Visi>ng
 Instructors
 from
 September,
 2011
 workshop
at
WHRC.
 Updates from! • Bolivia! • Zambia! • Colombia! • Indonesia! Scholar Biographies!The
 workshop
 sessions
 are
 aimed
 at
 providing
 methodologies
 for
 measuring
 and
 monitoring
 forest
carbon,
 thereby
 providing
 countries
 with
 the
 confidence
 and
 technical
 autonomy
 necessary
 to
administer
their
own,
successful
projects.

The
goal
of
the
scholar
program
is
to
expand
the
reach
of
our
science
by
transforming
the
students
into
teachers,
giving
them
the
confidence
and
technical
exper>se
they
need
to
be
effec>ve
leaders
when
they
return
home.


The
scholar
program
represents
a
unique
South‐South
network
of
technicians
from
NGOs,
indigenous
groups,
 and
 government
 agencies.
 Technical
 workshops
 are
 a
 forum
 for
 exchanging
 informa>on
 on
forest
monitoring
tools
and
techniques
while
discussing
their
relevance
for
improved
forest
and
carbon
management
in
the
context
of
interna>onal
climate
policies.


AGer
several
years
of
training
with
WHRC
staff,
 the
 most
 advanced
 scholars
 are
 teaching
 their
 own
 workshops,
 joining
 WHRC
 as
 instructors
 all
over
the
tropics,
and
mee>ng
with
na>onal
and
interna>onal
policy‐makers
to
advise
them
on
the
most
advanced
approaches
for
carbon
measurement
and
monitoring.



 Scholar NewsNovember 2011 Page
1

  2. 2. Bolivia
 Zambia
 Eric
Armijo
 Abel
Siample
&
Sitwala
Wamunyima
The
 past
 weeks
 I
 have
 focused
 my
 aSen>on
 on
 On
27th
September
2011
(a
day
aGer
arriving
from
applying
 the
 “image
 segmenta>on
 &
 random
 WHRC
–
USA),
I
was
requested
by
the
Directorate
forest
(IS
&
RF)”
approach
to
detect
forest
changes
 of
 Environment
 and
 Natural
 Resources
 in
 the
in
 the
 Bolivian
 Amazon.
 Along
 this
 line,
 two
 main
 Ministry
 of
 Tourism,
 Environment
 and
 Natural
ac>vi>es
 were
 developed:
 a
 one‐day
 course
 to
 Resources
 to
 aSend
 a
 technical
 commiSee
train
 FAN‐Bolivia
 staff
 and
 the
 assessment
 of
 the
 mee>ng
 for
 the
 West
 Lunga
 Carbon
 Project
technique
to
produce
a
deforesta>on
map.
 spearheaded
 by
 the
 Zambia
 Wildlife
 Authority
 (ZAWA).
 
 My
 main
 role
 in
 this
 mee>ng
 was
 to
 providing
 technical
 guidance
 in
 planning
 and
 execu>ng
 of
 a
 forest
 resource
 assessment
 meant
 to
 collect
 data
 and
 generate
 informa>on
 on
 the
 carbon
 storage
 and
 sequestra>on
 poten>al
 for
 the
project
area.
The
project
area
covers
an
area
 of
 600,000
 ha
 in
 extent
 and
 lies
 in
 the
 Northwestern
 province
 of
 Zambia
 with
 rela>vely
 high
 biomass
 content
 due
 to
 high
 forest
 cover
 density
(above
70%
canopy
cover).
Image
shows
material
developed
to
train
FAN‐Bolivia
staff
in
the
IS
&
RF
approach
to
detect
forest
change
The
 course
 provided
 an
 opportunity
 to
 adapt
 the
exis>ng
training
material
(presenta>on,
script
and
dataset)
 to
 a
 Spanish‐speaking
 audience.
 A
 study
area
in
Bolivia
was
picked
to
exemplify
the
use
of
tools
and
methods.
Having
performed
a
series
of
assessments
to
the
IS
 On
3rd
October
&
RF
technique,
it
was
found
suitable
to
update
a
 2011,
I
conducted
land
 cover
 change
 map
 for
 a
 2.8
 million
 hectares
 a
technical
area
 in
 the
 Bolivian
 Amazon.
 The
 new
 2008‐2010
 presenta>on
deforesta>on
 map
 is
 currently
 being
 refined
 and
 before
senior
will
support
monitoring
ac>vi>es
for
a
REDD+
Pilot
 management
 in
 the
 Ministry
 including
Program
project.
 representa>ves
from
the
coopera>ng
partners
(i.e.
 Keep up with scholar news by liking us United
 Na>ons
 Development
 Program,
 Food
 and
 on Facebook. Find us at “Woods Hole Agriculture
 Organiza>on,
 Finnish
 Embassy
 and
 Pantropical Forest Monitoring Network.” ! European
union).
My
presenta>on
(cont.
p.3)…
 Scholar News November 2011 Page
2

  3. 3. Zambia
(con=nued)
 Abel
Siample
&
Sitwala
Wamunyima
was
based
on
lessons
learnt
at
WHRC
specifically
on
mapping
of
biomass
(for
carbon
accoun>ng)
and
forest
cover
change.
On
7th
October
2011,
I
led
3
field
teams
of
Forest
Ecologists,
Soil
Scien>sts
and
Wildlife
Scouts
into
the
field
to
conduct
a
forest
inventory
for
5
weeks.
The
target
was
collect
data
(field
training
data)
from
300
plots
including
some
established
following
GLAS
shot
foot
prints.
We
have
just
completed
the
exercise
and
I
will
be
gekng
to
the
office
next
Monday
14th
November
2011.

 ___________________________________________________
 Indonesia
 ensure
 the
 sustainability
 of
 the
 environment
 and
 the
people’s
welfare.
 
For
this
purpose
I
intend
to
 Virni
Budi
Arifan=
AGer
 my
 return
 from
 the
 Woods
 Hole
 Research
 use
Dinamica
EGO
soGware
for
landcover
change
 modeling
 which
 I
 have
 learned
 in
 WHRC.
Center,
 I
 have
 done
 some
 field
 works
 for
 my
rou>ne
 research
 ac>vity
 in
 my
 ins>tu>on,
 in
 Con=nued
p.
4...
Forest
 Research
 and
 Development
 Agency,
Ministry
 of
 Forestry
 of
 Indonesia.
 I
 went
 to
Bangka
 island
 for
 conduc>ng
 research
 to
 analyze
the
 driver
 of
 landcover
 and
 landuse
 change
 on
 a
very
 degraded
 watershed
 due
 to
 vast
 mining
explora>on.
 The
 objec>ve
 of
 this
 research
 is
 to
analyze
 how
 the
 watershed
 should
 be
 managed
by
 considering
 the
 local
 community’s
 livelihood
which
 was
 benefited
 by
 the
 presence
 of
 the
mining
 companies
 and
 how
 this
 landcover/landuse
change
can
be
modeled
in
the
future
to
 Photo:
Abandoned
mining
area

 Scholar NewsNovember 2011 Page
3

  4. 4. Indonesia
(con=nued)
 Virni
Budi
Arifan=
In
 the
 upcoming
 months,
 I
 am
 asked
 by
 my
 supervisor
 to
 do
 biomass
 and
 emission
 mapping
 in
 Meru
Be>ri
 Na>onal
 Park.
 
 At
 this
 >me
 we
 are
 s>ll
 searching
 on
 the
 best
 satellite
 imageries
 with
 high
resolu>on
and
low
cloud
cover
over
the
area.

I
intend
to
use
the
method
that
I
have
learned
in
WHRC
on
 biomass
 and
 emission
 mapping.
 
 I
 also
 hope
 to
 s>ll
 be
 get
 in
 touch
 with
 the
 WHRC
 team
 for
 any
ques>ons
or
advise
regarding
the
mapping
techniques.


Thank
you
WHRC!
 ___________
 Visit our Pantropical Education and Capacity Building Web Page: http:// www.whrc.org/education/ capacitybldg.html! ___________
 Colombia
 Edersson
Cabrera,
Paola
Giraldo,
&

 Diana
Vargas
In
 the
 context
 of
 the
 project
 "Enabling
 the
 Photo:
Virni
and
colleagues
in
the
field

 ___________
Technical
 Ins>tu>onal
 Capacity
 to
 Support
 REDD
projects
 in
 Colombia",
 the
 Hydrology,
   Semi
 automa>c
 algorithms
 test
 in
 order
 to
Meteorology
 and
 Environmental
 Studies
 Ins>tute
 classify
 op>cal
 and
 RADAR
 images
 with
of
Colombia
‐
IDEAM,
in
partners
with
The
Woods
 Random
Forest
Hole
 Research
 Center
 ‐WHRC,
 
 has
 worked
 this
   Semi
 automa>c
 algorithms
 test
 in
 order
 
 to
two
 last
 years
 in
 ac>vi>es
 to
 support
 Colombia
 es>mate
Carbon
stocks
using
coarse
resolu>on
capaci>es
 in
 the
 monitoring
 of
 forest
 cover,
 images
(eg.
MODIS)
cont.
p.
5
…
including
 deforesta>on
 quan>fica>on
 and
es>ma>on
 of
 Carbon
 stocks
 with
 digital
processing
 of
 satellite
 Op>cal
 images
 and
 Radar
images.
Both
 ins>tu>ons
 have
 developed
 
 together
 the
following

ac>vi>es:
  Par>cipa>on
 of
 the
 IDEAM
 professional
 research
 team
 
 in
 the
 WHRC
 capacity
 annual

 programs.
  Pre
 processing
 of
 RADAR
 images,
 using
 the
 WHRCs

WHIPS

capacity.
 Scholar NewsNovember 2011 Page
4

  5. 5. Colombia
(Con=nued)
 Edersson
Cabrera,
Paola
Giraldo,
&

 Diana
Vargas
Specifically,
 the
 IDEAM
 has
 been
 benefited
 from
WHRCs
 technical
 capacity
 throughout
 their
technical
 developments
 to
 improve
 the
 mapping
of
 forest
 ‐
 non
 forest
 
 in
 
 the
 Pacific
 region
 of
Colombia.
 There
 is
 frequent
 the
 presence
 of
clouds,
 shades,
 mist
 and
 /
 or
 haze,
 which
 cannot
be
recognized
in
op>cal
sensors.
In
this
way,
in

2011
were
implemented
the
use
of
ALOS
PALSAR
images
(FBS
and
FBD
modes)
in
the
Pacific
region
in
order
to
map
this
area.

In
comparison,
it
was
possible
to
cover
the
99.08
percent
of
this
area
in
2010
while
in
2005
only
a
75
percent
of
it
was
covered.

Working
together
has
let
a
feedback
of
technical
experiences
for
both
teams,
iden>fying
new
technical
possibili>es
 of
 work
 collabora>on.
 For
 IDEAM,
 this
 kind
 of
 inves>ga>on
 alliances
 has
 shown
 the
usefulness
to
improve
the
technical
capaci>es
and
we
hope
to
con>nue
with
this
sort
of
ac>vi>es.
 ___________________________________________________
 Virni
Budi
Aifan=
 Mrs.
Arifan>
is
a
remote
sensing
scien>st
at
Research
Center
for
Climate
Change
and
Forest
Policy,
Ministry
of
 Forestry
of
Indonesia.
Her
research
interests
focus
on
monitoring
land
cover,
land
cover
change,
forest
carbon,
 landscape
 analysis,
 and
 adapta>on
 strategies
 of
 forest
 communi>es
 to
 climate
 change
 at
 several
 ecosystems.

 She
holds
her
Bachelor
degree
in
Forest
Management
from
Bogor
Agricultural
Ins>tute
in
Bogor,
Indonesia,
and
 her
MSc
in
Forestry
majoring
Spa>al
Informa>on
Techniques
in
Ghent
University,
Belgium.
 
Before
joining
the
 Ministry
of
Forestry,
she
worked
at
Center
for
Interna>onal
Forestry
Research
(CIFOR)
in
Bogor,
Indonesia,
the
 European
Union
for
Forest
Inventory
and
Monitoring
Project
in
Jakarta,
and
PT.
Surveyor
Indonesia
in
Jakarta,
 Indonesia.
 ___________
 Eric
Armijo
 Mr.
Armijo,
land
change
analyst
at
FAN‐Bolivia,
is
interested
in
the
use
of
geospa>al
techniques
to
characterize
 and
 model
 land
 use
 an
 land
 change
 processes
 in
 tropical
 regions
 of
 Bolivia,
 South
 America.
 He
 is
 currently
 in
 charge
of
building
deforesta>on
baselines
for
a
REDD
program
in
the
Bolivian
Amazon.
Mr.
Armijo
holds
a

B.S.
in
 computer
 science
 from
 UPSA
 University
 in
 Bolivia
 and
 a
 M.A.
 in
 geography
 from
 the
 University
 of
 Maryland,
 College
Park
(US).
 ___________
 Scholar NewsNovember 2011 Page
5

  6. 6. Mike
Chirwa
 Mr.
Chirwa
works
for
Forestry
Research
Ins>tute
of
Malawi
(FRIM),
Malawi,
as
a
resource
monitoring
officer.
He
 is
 currently
 working
 on
 various
 programs
 within
 Malawi,
 one
 of
 which
 is
 Lake
 Chilwa
 Basin
 Climate
 Change
 Adapta>on
 Programme
 (LCBCCAP)
 in
 Southern
 Malawi
 where
 his
 responsibility
 is
 to
 monitor
 forest
 cover,
 biomass,
 and
 carbon
 stock
 change.
 He
 has
 also
 been
 engaged
 in
 in‐country
 simula>on
 and
 pilo>ng
 of
 carbon
 financing
programmes
such
as
REDD
(e.g
Nkuwazi
in
Northern
Malawi).
In
his
MSc.,
he
looked
at
an
important
 mul>‐purpose
 fruit
 tree
 species
 in
 Southern
 Africa,
 Uapaca
 kirkiana,
 some
 its
 provenances
 and
 families,
 and
 their
 poten>al
 to
 sequester
 carbon.
 His
 research
 areas
 of
 interest
 include
 allometry,
 policy‐resource
 scenario
 simula>on
and
land
cover
change.

 ___________
 Paola
Giraldo
 Ms.
 Giraldo
 is
 a
 Forest
 Engineer
 whose
 interestes
 focus
 on
 the
 use
 of
 remote
 sensing
 for
 the
 mapping
 of
 land
 cover,
 land
 cover
 change,
 mul>temporal
 analyse,
 and
 zonifica>on
 of
 protected
 areas
 applying
 mul>criteria
 analyses.
She
has
been
working
at
the
Ins>tute
of
Hydrology,
Meteorology
and
Enviromental
Studies,
Colombia
 since
 June
 2010
 and
 before
 She
 worked
 on
 land
 cover
 classifica>on
 for
 natural
 strategic
 areas
 in
 some
 of
 the
 Natura
Funda>on
–
Colombia
projects.
 ___________
 Andreana
Paola
Mekui
Biyogo
 Ms.
 Mekui
 Biyogo
 works
 currently
 like
 research
 officer
 in
 charge
 of
 REDD+
 and
 CDM
 at
 Forest
 department
 in
 Gabon.
With
a
degree
in
forest
sciences
from
ENEF,
a
Diploma
in
Geoma>cs
from
Omar
Bongo
University
and
a
 Master
 degree
 in
 remote
 sensing
 of
 forest
 resources
 from
 University
 of
 Moncton.
 She
 is
 Forest
 Engineer,
 specialist
of
remote
sensing
(small‐footprint
airborne
LIDAR,
Op>cal).
She
used
to
work
with
WWF,
for
several
 years
like
GIS
Officer
of
the
Minkebe
program.
Her
last
posi>on
at
WWF
has
been
the
Regional
Coordinator
of
 the
first
pilot
project
of
community
forestry
in
her
country
(Gabon).
Ms.
Mekui
Biyogo
does
consul>ng
from
>me
 to
 >me
 with
 FAO
 and
 WHRC,
 respec>vely
 by
 managing
 human‐wildlife
 conflict
 and
 being
 part
 of
 the
 team
 of
 trainers
for
field
measurements
protocol
on
aboveground
biomass
data
collec>on
and
carbon
stock
es>ma>on.

 ___________
 Giang
Nguyen
Vu
 Mr.
Nguyen
Vu
is
a
researcher
in
Department
of
Remote
Sensing
Technology,
GIS
and
GPS,
at
Space
Technology
 Ins>tute
 (STI)
 in
 Vietnam.
 He
 is
 responsible
 for
 developing
 applica>ons
 of
 remote
 sensing
 and
 GIS
 for
 inves>ga>on,
 monitoring
 and
 management
 of
 sustainable
 use
 of
 natural
 resources.
 He
 has
 been
 working
 as
 technical
consultant
for
NGOs
such
as
Asian
Development
Bank
(ADB),
Interna>onal
Union
for
Conserva>on
of
 Nature
(IUCN),
and
Netherlands
Development
Organiza>on
(SNV)
where
he
carried
capacity
building
trainings
 on
 land
 use
 planning
 and
 rural
 livelihood
development;
crea>ng
land
use,
land
cover
maps;
and
forest
cover
 change
 analysis.
 Giang’s
 interests
 are
 in
 modeling
 land
 use
 and
 land
 cover
 change,
 es>ma>ng
 biomass,
 and
 crea>ng
emission
maps
from
mul>‐sources
remote
sensing
data.
He
also
would
like
to
develop
his
research
on
 urbaniza>on,
importance
of
open
spaces
in
urban
and
their
effects
on
land
surface
temperature
paSern.
 ___________
 Grace
Nangendo
 Dr.
 Nangendo
 graduated
 from
 Makerere
 University,
 Uganda,
 with
 a
 bachelor
 degree
 in
 Forestry,
 from
 the
 Interna>onal
Ins>tute
for
Geo‐informa>on
Science
and
earth
observa>on
(ITC),
the
Netherlands,
with
a
Master
 of
 Science
 degree
 in
 Geo‐informa>on
 for
 Forest
 and
 Tree
 Resource
 Management
 and,
 Wageningen
 University
 and
ITC,
the
Netherlands,
with
a
Doctorate
of
Philosophy
focusing
on
conserva>on
of
forest‐woodland‐savannah
 mosaics.
Grace
has
experience
in
the
geospa>al
industry
and
in
natural
resource
management.
Her
interest
is
in
 applying
 a
 spa>al
 component
 to
 forest
 dynamics
 and
 to
 other
 natural
 resources,
 in
 biodiversity
 and
 plant
 ecology,
 and
 in
 local
 people’s
 use
 of
 forest
 resources.
 She
 has
 worked
 with
 WCS
 since
 June
 2006
 as
 the
 Geographical
Informa>on
Systems
(GIS)
Manager.


 Scholar NewsNovember 2011 Page
6

  7. 7. Peter
Ndunda
 Mr.
Ndunda
is
the
Geographical
Informa>on
Systems
(GIS)
Specialist
at
the
Green
Belt
Movement.
He
directs
the
 ac>vi>es
 of
 a
 GIS
 lab
 for
 the
 Green
 Belt
 Movement
 to
 support
 the
 re‐afforesta>on,
 climate
 change
 and
 community
development
efforts
in
Kenya.
 
In
addi>on,
he
manages
the
measurement
and
monitoring
ac>vi>es
 of
 the
 Green
 Belt
 Movement’s
 community
 carbon
 projects
 in
 Kenya.
 He
 is
 a
 member
 of
 the
 Carbon
 Measurement
Collabora>ve
team
that
is
coordinated
by
the
Clinton
Climate
Inia>ve
to
support
the
development
 of
Na>onal
Carbon
Accoun>ng
System
(NCAS)
in
Kenya,
Uganda
and
Tanzania,
among
other
countries.
Prior
to
 his
posi>on
at
the
Green
Belt
Movement,
Peter
worked
as
a
GeoInforma>on
Consultant
with
the
WorldBank
in
 Washington
DC.
He
is
a
graduate
of
Moi
University,
Kenya,
and
the
University
of
Redlands,
CA.
 ___________
 Akchousanh
Rasphone
 Ms.
 Rasphone
 is
 a
 GIS/Spa>al
 Landscape
 Ecologist
 interested
 in
 carbon
 and
 forest
 cover/change
 mapping
 and
 species
 habitat
 distribu>on
 modeling.
 Ms.
 Rasphone
 received
 her
 Bachelor
 of
 Technology
 in
 GIS
 from
 the
 University
of
Southern
Queensland
(Australia)
and
her
M.S.
in
Geographical
Science
from
the
Australian
Na>onal
 University.
Ms.
Rasphone
is
currently
working
with
the
Wildlife
Conserva>on
Society
Lao
PDR
on
a
biodiversity
 conserva>on
 project
 in
 the
 southern
 landscape
 of
 Laos
 as
 a
 project
 coordinator
 and
 GIS/Spa>al
 Landscape
 Ecologist.

 ___________
 Abel
Siampale
 Mr.
Siampale
is
a
Forester
with
solid
skills
in
Forest
Resource
Assessments
(Forest
Inventories
and
GIS),
currently
 working
for
the
Forestry
Department,
Ministry
of
Tourism,
Environment
and
Natural
 
Resources
in
Zambia.
His
 interests
focus
mainly
on
sustainability
and
vulnerability
assessments,
forestry
mapping,
land
use
and
land
cover
 change
 with
 17
 years
 of
 experience
 in
 using
 GIS.
 Before
 becoming
 a
 scholar
 with
 woods
 hole
 research
 center
 (WHRC),
 he
 served
 as
 a
 Na>onal
 Consultant
 in
 Zambia
 for
 the
 integrated
 land‐use
 assessment
 (ILUA)
 project
 under
 FAO
 and
 helped
 generate
 the
 current
 deforesta>on
 rate
 (map)
 for
 Zambia.
 Holds
 an
 undergraduate
 diploma
in
forestry
management,
and
postgraduate
qualifica>on
in
Geo‐informa>cs.
 ___________
 Mukund
Srivastava
 Mr.
Srivastava
a
professional
forester
and
a
member
of
the
Indian
Forest
Service
(IFS).
He
has
nearly
21
years
of
 field
experience
working
in
various
capaci>es

including
Chief
Conservator
of
Forests
(Environment).
He
currently
 works
as
Joint
Director,
Forest
Survey
of
India
and
Head
of
Na>onal
Forest
Data
Management
Centre
at
FSI
Head
 Quarters
at
Dehradun,
India.

He
received
his
Masters
in
Physics
from
the
Indian
Ins>tute
of
Technology,
Kanpur
 and
Master
of
Technology
(M.Tech)
in
RS
and
GIS
from
the
Indian
Ins>tute
of
Remote
Sensing,
Dehradun,
India.
 He
has
published
papers
on
Forest
Produc>vity
and
Forest
Fire
Monitoring
using
RS
and
has
wide
experience
in
 public
par>cipa>on
in
forest
management.
He
is
a
member
of
a
number
of
Government
of
India
commiSees
and
 Technical
 Advisory
 CommiSees
 of
 provinces.
 He
 is
 taking
 special
 ini>a>ves
 to
 factor
 in
 the
 latest
 technical
 interven>ons
to
improve
forest
cover
mapping
and
biomass
mapping.
 ___________
 Isabel
Trejo
 Ms.
Trejo
is
a
biologist,
working
in
CONABIO
(Na>onal
Commission
for
the
Use
and
Knowledge
of
Biodiversity),
 in
 a
 project
 called
 Bio‐Decision
 Support
 System
 (SSD),
 which
 seeks
 to
 create
 a
 soGware
 to
 perform
environmental
impact
analysis
and
can
be
used
by
individuals
and/or
ins>tu>ons
that
require
guidance
 on
 the
 environmental
 impact
 would
 the
 construc>on
 of
 any
 infrastructure.
 She
 is
 currently
 developing
 ways
 to
 measure
 the
 impact
 of
 a
 pipeline
 that
 runs
 from
 Colima
 to
 Guadalajara.
 The
 goal
 is
 to
 develop
 tools
 for
 the
 con>nued
 use
 of
 the
 system.
 She
 is
 personally
 interested
 in
 achieving
 her
 degree
 in
 mul>‐ scale
distribu>on
of
species
to
provide
a
tool
of
the
poten>al
distribu>on
of
the
same
while
using
this
tool
in
 order
for
the
SSD
to
get
future
scenarios
of
the
impact
on
the
species.
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  8. 8. Diana
Vargas
 Ms.
 Vargas
 is
 an
 agricultural
 engineer
 with
 postgraduate
 studies
 in
 environmental
 impact
 assessment,
 MsC
 in
 environment
 and
 management
 of
 biodiversity.
 She
 has
 professional
 experience
 in
 geographic
 informa>on
 systems
 and
 use
 of
 remote
 sensing
 for
 monitoring
 natural
 resources,
 with
 emphasis
 on
 the
 analysis
 of
 land
 cover.
She
is
an
expert
in
climate
change,
especially
in
issues
related
to
accoun>ng
of
emissions
from
land
use,
 land
 use
 change
 and
 forestry
 (LULUCF)
 and
 the
 REDD
 mechanism.
 She
 is
 currently
 involved
 in
 the
 
 project
 "Building
 Technical
 
 and
 Scien>fic
 Capacity
 to
 support
 REDD
 Projects
 in
 Colombia"
 in
 IDEAM,
 as
 part
 of
 the
 working
 team
 developing
 and
 implemen>ng
 
 protocols
 for
 digital
 processing
 of
 satellite
 images
 for
 the
 quan>fica>on
of
deforesta>on.
 ___________
 Sitwala
Wamunyima
 Mr.
Wamunyima
received
a
Master
of
Science
Degree
in
Geoinforma>on
Science
and
Earth
Observa>on
‐
Natural
 Resources
Management
specializing
in
Environmental
Systems
Analysis
and
Management
followed
by
studies
at
 ITC,
The
Netherlands.
He
has
built
his
career
in
the
field
of
forest
resources
management
since
1995
when
he
 joined
the
Forestry
Department,
one
of
the
government
departments
in
the
Ministry
of
Tourism,
Environment
 and
Natural
Resources
in
Zambia.
He
s>ll
serves
in
the
Forestry
Department
and
is
involved
in
forest
inventories,
 applica>on
of
remote
sensing
for
forest
monitoring,
and
large
scale
mapping.
He
also
contributes
to
the
decision
 pool
for
the
Forestry
Department
on
aspects
of
budge>ng,
strategic
planning,
and
policy
direc>on.
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