National workshops/training sessions were organized at ReCaREDD partner institutions
in Southeast Asia, namely at GDANCP (Phnom Penh), at FIPD (Vientiane) and at FIPI (Hanoi). One additional
training took place at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand.
The main topic of the training was the application of the methodology for monitoring forest disturbance
processes (Δ-rNBR), developed in the context of ReCaREDD and providing indication for potential forest
degradation processes. ReCaREDD partners had underlined their interest in this specific training during
the regional workshop for SE-Asia, held in July 2018 in Bangkok. The training consisted of two intense
days of hands-on training, including discussions on customer-driven solutions for each country.
The training in Thailand was organized as a combination of lectures and training in the context of a
REDD+ course at the AIT, where staff from main stakeholder institutions of Thailand (Royal Forest Department = RFD,
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation = DNP) was participating.
A regional ReCaREDD workshop was organized in Bangkok in July 2018. The objective of the workshop
was to provide an overview on the ReCaREDD results, products and tools developed in the course of the project.
At the same time, the workshop provided a forum for sharing and discussing ReCaREDD methodologies and output with
a larger number of Southeast Asian countries, including apart from the ‘ReCaREDD focus countries’ (Cambodia, Laos,
Vietnam), also ‘ReCaREDD associated countries’ like Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand, where no national workshops
could be organized in the past. The regional workshop consisted of two days of presentations and of two days
of training sessions. The main topics included (i) assessing deforestation based on the JRC ‘Roadless Forest’
data set, (ii) mapping forest degradation processes based on the canopy disturbance index (Δ-rNBR) developed
by the JRC and (iii) the latest version of the JRC IMPACT Tool, with embedded modules for calculating carbon
emissions. Furthermore, there has been a detailed presentation and demonstration of the RFO-SEA (Regional
Forest Observatory-Southeast Asia). Country-wide Sentinel-2 imagery of the year 2018 and S2 country
composites produced at the JRC were provided for each country.
The workshop also served for reaching out to and for obtaining feedback from stakeholders from regional
organizations & projects, including for instance FAO, RECOFTC or SERVIR-MEKONG.
A 5-day workshop at the premises of the Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE) in São José dos
Campos with research colleagues from INPE’s remote sensing department (DSR) and the Brazilian Institute of
Environment and Natural Renewable Resources (IBAMA). During the workshop the JRC ΔrNBR method for forest
disturbance detection was presented as well as the first results of Landsat-based long term monitoring
(2000-2015) of forest disturbances in Northern Mato Grosso. The latest JRC findings with respect to the
comparison of Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 analysis of selectively logged forest in Sustainable Forest Management
(SFM) areas near Santo Antônio do Matupi, Amazonas State, Brazil were presented and discussed as well
as the current research topics of INPE and IBAMA related to forestry and remote sensing, including a
remote sensing – based enhanced forest mask production, the detection of forest disturbances with radar
imagery and the detection of burned forests with a multi-sensor approach. On this basis, plans for future
joint research was discussed, namely the work distribution with respect to the development of a prototype
method for REDD+ reporting on forest degradation in the Brazilian Amazon. As first step it was decided that
INPE will receive the full set of JRC Roadless data for Northern Mato Grosso while IBAMA will receive mapped
selective logging areas in specific regions in Acre and Roraima States produced with the JRC ΔrNBR method with
Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery.
The national workshops organized in 2017 built upon the first series of ReCaREDD training sessions implemented
in 2016. The national workshops were organized with ReCaREDD partner institutions, i.e. GDANCP (General Dir.
of Admin. for Nature Conservation and Protection / MoE) and FA (Forest Administration / MAFF) in Cambodia,
FIPD (Forest Inventory and Planning Division, Dep of Forestry / MAF) and NUoL (National University of Laos,
Forest Faculty) in Laos, and FIPI (Forest Inventory and Planning Institute / MARD) in Vietnam. The training
aimed at further improving the technical capabilities of ReCaREDD partners in monitoring and reporting forest
in the context of REDD+, specifically addressing the monitoring forest degradation processes. Main topics of
the training were (i) mapping of forest canopy disturbance (potential forest degradation) based on a forest
canopy index (Δr-NBR) developed by the ReCaREDD project, (ii) monitoring of deforestation based on a global
map of evergreen forests generated by the JRC (‘Roadless Forest’ Project), (iii) estimating emissions from
forest change, (iv) functionalities of the IMPACT tool, an open source software for image processing and
analysis (incl. emission calculation) developed by the JRC, as well as (v) the introduction to Sentinel-2
(S2) imagery and accessibility through the web and through the JRC server. Cloud-free S2 data sets of the
year 2017 of the whole country as well as country-wide S2 composites of the dry season were provided to each
As part of the ReCaREDD project, a week-long workshop was organized in Ispra, Italy from the 11th to the 15th
September 2017 with two experts from the Republic of Congo (Coordination nationale REDD and CNIAF) and a consultant from FAO.
The objective of the workshop was to work on a pilot exercise to estimate emissions related to deforestation
and forest degradation for two provinces of the Republic of Congo: the Likouala and the Sangha.
Visit of the Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE) in São José dos Campos for the preparation
of the INPE participation at the ReCaREDD/ESA side event of the COP 23 in Bonn. Participation at the 18th
Brazilian Remote Sensing Symposium (SBSR) in Santos, organised by INPE and with more than 1500 attendants,
in order to present the joint JRC-INPE conference paper on “the potential of landscape metrics for assessing
the impacts of selective logging in the Brazilian Amazon”. During the symposium, a one-day course was given
on the JRC software IMPACT, related to the processing of Sentinel-2 imagery and the remote sensing –
based mapping of tropical forest disturbances.
Suivi de la dégradation des forêts d’Afrique centrale et de la cartographie des routes dans la région
In 2016, three national workshops/trainings have been organized in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam on
"Tools and Methods for Monitoring Deforestation and Forest Degradation by Remote Sensing".
In the case of Southeast Asia the implementation of separate workshops and training sessions at national
level has been feasible due to the limited number of focus countries, offering some advantages:
Firstly, the training could be tailored in order to meet specific conditions and needs of the country,
secondly a larger number of national stakeholders could be reached, including representatives from different
national institutions, ministries or universities involved in REDD+ monitoring and reporting, and finally,
staff from provincial offices of partner organization could participate in the training as well.
The workshops/trainings were scheduled in coordination with the ReCaREDD partners:
Development of pilot studies to monitor forest degradation.
Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Tanzania
The workshop was held at the Colombian National Institute for Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental
Studies (IDEAM) in Bogotá, from 1st – 3rd June under the aegis of the ReCaREDD project, funded by DG DevCO.
IDEAM is the Colombian REDD focal point. The goal of the workshop was to discuss Colombian forest
degradation processes and possible remote sensing – based assessment methods. This debate had already
been started at the ReCaREDD South America workshop in Ispra (2015) with a limited number of invited
local experts. At IDEAM, some 30 researchers attended the workshop, including several researchers from
the Colombian Amazon Research Institute (SINCHI), from the National University at Bogotá, and from Rutgers
University (USA), and thus composing a broad audience to discuss with. During the workshop, the latest
research findings at the JRC with respect to tropical forestry and remote sensing were presented.
Different concepts and drivers of forest degradation in Colombia and the possible role of remote sensing
were presented by and discussed with the participants of the different institutions. One workshop day
was dedicated to the introduction and the training of the newest version of the JRC IMPACT Toolbox,
with an emphasis on Sentinel-2 data processing and forest degradation assessment. The training followed
by a general discussion on the possible developments of IMPACT and the way forward regarding forest
degradation assessment, and on the relation of the assessment with the ongoing Colombian National Forest
Inventory. In practical terms, the next steps were discussed with respect to the ReCaREDD project.
The ReCaREDD workshop was held at the UN building in Quito from 6th-8th June with 18 participants of the Ecuadorian
Ministry of Environment. The Ministry of Environment is the Ecuadorian REDD focal point.
The goal of the workshop, in consistency with the workshop in Bogotá, was to discuss Ecuadorian forest degradation
processes and possible remote sensing – based assessment methods. This debate had already been started at the
ReCaREDD South America workshop in Ispra (2015) with a limited number of invited local experts. In Quito 18
participants from the Ministry of Environment took part at the workshop. 80 GB of Sentinel-2 data were delivered to
the workshop participants. JRC ForObs research was presented, followed by talks of the Ecuadorian participants on
the National Forest Inventory, the process of defining the REDD+ Forest Reference Emissions Level (FREL) for
deforestation, the environmental datasets as input for this task. The JRC IMPACT Toolbox was presented to the
audience, six exercises were jointly worked through. The next steps for methods development regarding forest
degradation assessment were discussed and the future joint activities in the ReCaREDD context discussed.
Define pilot studies.
Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
The workshop was held at the headquarters of EMBRAPA Florestas in Curitiba/Colombo from 13th – 15th April, as a
follow-up of EMBRAPA’s visit in Ispra in November 2015 (supported by the 8th EU-Brazil Sector Dialogues
Programme). EMBRAPA Florestas is responsible for the development of a remote sensing – based methodology for the
‘Landscape Approach’ as part of the currently ongoing Brazilian National Forest Inventory. In this context, the
newest version of the JRC IMPACT Toolbox was presented to EMBRAPA’s team. IMPACT is an essential tool integrated
in the methodology of the ‘NFI Landscape Approach’, which should at some stage be applied to more than 5.000
sample units. Eight researchers from EMBRAPA Florestas attended the workshop.
A three-day workshop, attended by 15 researchers, was held at the INPE Remote Sensing department, the main topics
discussed were the possible usage by the JRC of the new version of INPE’s TerraLib segmentation software, the
presentation of the new version of the JRC IMPACT Toolbox, several joint INPE-JRC research projects (long-term
forest cover change assessment in the Amazon, selective logging monitoring in Mato Grosso State), and, in the
general the way forward of the remote sensing – based forestry research collaboration between the two research
centres, with a specific focus on forest degradation monitoring. INPE is responsible for the technical aspects
regarding the Brazilian REDD reporting.
Review results of September workshop – provision and processing the first Sentinel 2 data
Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda
ReCaREDD Training ‘Training on Remote Sensing and Change Detection for Forest Monitoring’ organized by SilvaCarbon
(USAID) ReCaREDD (JRC) for countries in continental Southeast Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, 9 -20 November 2015
The objective of the training was to build remote sensing capacity in the countries of the region. The training aimed
at helping countries in Southeast Asia with their ongoing work on preparing forestry data for the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and for reporting in the context of Reducing Emissions from
Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
The ReCaREDD South America workshop was held at JRC, Ispra, from 28 September - 2 October 2015. The workshop
was organised in order to create a forum for a meeting of experts from the ReCaREDD South American focus
country Colombia and the two ReCaREDD associated countries Brazil and Ecuador with researchers from the
Joint Research Centre (JRC) to discuss issues of remote-sensing – based forest degradation monitoring in the
context of the REDD+ mechanism.
As part of the workshop, recent research activities from the South American participants were presented as
well as current research of the JRC ForObs project. In the JRC presentations, methods (in development) for
assessing forest degradation were presented and discussed. In addition, the first (preliminary) image
datasets were shown from the new European optical satellite sensors Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2; the latter
being one of the main future data sources for forest degradation monitoring.
Review of status of forest monitoring, processing Landsat data and providing regional statistics on forest
change with Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda
Preliminary meeting to seek participation of the Tanzania Forest Service
Regional Workshop “Moving on from Experimental Approaches to Advancing National Systems for Measuring and
Monitoring Forest Degradation Across Asia” 16-18 June 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. It was organized jointly by
LEAF (USAID), ReCaREDD (JRC) SilvaCarbon (USAID), UN-REDD, and United States Forest Service (USFS).
The aims of the workshop were to build common understanding of the rationale for measuring and monitoring
forest degradation and using this to examine forest degradation definitions and issues of cost-effectiveness;
to exchange country information on methodologies and technical approaches, their current operational status
and utility for estimating GHG-emissions at the national level; to review international developments
in measuring and monitoring forest degradation and opportunities for advancing country led efforts;
and to complete a degradation measuring and monitoring decision framework that considers critical decisions,
key components and resourcing (human and technical) necessary in developing a functional plan for measuring
and monitoring forest degradation at the national level.
Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic of Congo and Ivory Coast
Discussions with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and IGAD Climate
Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) for being contact points for ReCaREDD in East Africa and the Horn
One-day workshop at The INPE Regional Center of the Amazon (INPE-CRA) to present ReCaREDD and talk about the possible involvement of INPE in the project
Two-day workshop at IDEAM for more detailed planning of the ReCaREDD project. Visit of the Institute of Scientific Investigation for the Sustainable Development of the Colombian Amazon (SINCHI) as potentially interested research partner within ReCaREDD.
A three-day workshop was organised by IDEAM and the FAO/UN-REDD office in Panama. On this occasion the ReCaREDD project was presented and officially taken on board by IDEAM. The present members of FAO Colombia, UNEP, The Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS), and SilvaCarbon (US) were made aware of the project.