Establishment of Forest Status Maps (English version)
his report has been produced by the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) program in its support for the development of the Lam Dong Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP). It is one of five technical reports that have been developed to help the Lam Dong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in defining an appropriate Forest Reference Level for the Province from which its policies and measures introduced to reduce emissions and increase greenhouse gas (GHG) removals from the forestry sector can be measured against. Specifically, the report provides a detailed description of the technical approaches for generating land cover and forest status maps based on the application of remote sensing technology and geographical information systems (GIS) for the years 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010 in addition to maps showing forest cover change at five-year intervals between 1990 and 2010. This information will support further analysis aimed at identifying the driving forces of this change, areas vulnerable to future deforestation and forest degradation, as well as REDD+ activities to be considered and proposed in the Provincial REDD+ Action Plan (PRAP) of Lam Dong province.