FOREST MONITORING SYSTEM TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE (UNNews)

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UN HELPS LAUNCH FOREST MONITORING SYSTEM TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

New York, Oct 20 2009 12:05PM

A new and free way to monitor the size and health of forests through satellite data and help curb greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation has been launched by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (<“http://www.fao.org/”>FAO) and its partners.

“Never before have data of this kind been provided directly to users in developing countries,” said FAO Director General Jacques Diouf. “Monitoring will be cheaper, more accurate and transparent for countries that want to participate in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.”

The new system delivers data for 13,000 locations and provides tools for their interpretation. Continue reading “FOREST MONITORING SYSTEM TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE (UNNews)”

Satellite Data Instrumental In Combating Desertification (Google / / Science Daily)

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http://www.topix.com/world/argentina/2009/10/satellite-data-instrumental-in-combating-desertification

and

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091007081625.htm

Satellite Data Instrumental In Combating Desertification

ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2009) — With land degradation in dryland regions continuing to worsen, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification has agreed on scientist-recommended indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification that signatory countries must report on.

The landmark agreement was reached after two weeks of negotiations involving hundreds of scientists and government ministers attending the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 21 September to 2 October.

Desertification, land degradation and drought deprive people of food and water and force millions to leave their homes. Desertification refers to the creation of new deserts through the degradation of drylands, which cover 40% of the world’s land surface. Land degradation, caused by over-cultivation, over-grazing, deforestation and inefficient irrigation, affects roughly 20% of Earth’s drylands. Continue reading “Satellite Data Instrumental In Combating Desertification (Google / / Science Daily)”

Earth Observation System Launches in Africa (IISD)

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African SD Policy Makers <africasd-l@lists.iisd.ca>

Earth Observation System Launches in Africa

November 21, 2008 – RCMRD Press Release
Dr. Tesfaye Korme, RCMRD, korme@rcmrd.org

Nairobi –Today, the ribbon was cut on SERVIR-Africa. The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) jointly are implementing this timely and innovative project. The SERVIR system integrates satellite resources into a web-based Earth information system, putting previously inaccessible information into action locally. SERVIR will help scientists, government leaders and local communities address concerns related to natural disasters, disease outbreaks, climate change, and biodiversity. Continue reading “Earth Observation System Launches in Africa (IISD)”

Spatial Data Infrastructure — Africa (SDI-Africa)

Spatial Data Infrastructure — Africa (SDI-Africa)

is a free, electronic newsletter for people interested in GIS, remote sensing, and data management issues in Africa.

The April 2008 issue includes (among many other items):
http://www.gsdi.org/newsletters/SDIAfricav7n4.pdf <http://www.gsdi.org/newsletters/SDIAfricav7n4.pdf>

– Establishment of the Swaziland Integrated Geo-spatial Information System (SIGIS) for economic development planning
– Implementation of the Committee for the Promotion Geographical Information in Chad
– Liberian nationwide population census 2008 started on March 21st
– Burkina Faso: Atelier sur la production des métadonnées
– Kenya National Spatial Data Infrastructure (KNSDI) Newsletter No. 6
– Workshop on Building Local Partnerships in Earth Observations, 1 April 2008, Pretoria, South Africa
– Africa mostly mapped for road navigation services
– Reducing biodiversity loss: new JRC tool to help protect Africa’s wildlife Continue reading “Spatial Data Infrastructure — Africa (SDI-Africa)”

Free satellite images from Brazil to Africa (Google Alert / Chinaview)

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-11/29/content_7166943.htm

Brazil to send free satellite images to Africa

www.chinaview.cn

BRASILIA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — Brazil will distribute free satellite images to African nations starting from 2008, the Foreign Ministry announced in a Wednesday statement. The images will boost African nations’ and organizations’ ability to monitor natural disasters, deforestation, drought and desertification — all of which can threaten agricultural production, food security and public health. Continue reading “Free satellite images from Brazil to Africa (Google Alert / Chinaview)”

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