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000030996 020__ $$a978 92 9115 344 2 (printed)
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000030996 041__ $$aEnglish
000030996 100__ $$aGilani, H
000030996 100__ $$aMurthy, M. S. R.
000030996 100__ $$aBajracharya, B.
000030996 100__ $$aKarky, B. S.
000030996 100__ $$aKoju, U. A.
000030996 100__ $$aJoshi, G.
000030996 100__ $$aKarki, S.
000030996 100__ $$aSohail, M.
000030996 245__ $$aAssessment of change in forest cover and biomass using geospatial techniques to support REDD+ activities in Nepal
000030996 262__ $$bUSAID
000030996 262__ $$bNASA
000030996 262__ $$bSERVIR Himalaya
000030996 262__ $$bNorad
000030996 262__ $$bNorwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
000030996 260__ $$bInternational Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
000030996 260__ $$c2015
000030996 260__ $$aKathmandu, Nepal
000030996 300__ $$a60
000030996 491__ $$aWorking Paper
000030996 491__ $$b2015/5
000030996 508__ $$aBooks and Booklets
000030996 507__ $$aREDD
000030996 507__ $$aServier, Hammad Gilani, MSR Murthy, Birendra Bajracharya, Bhaskar Karky, Upama Ashish Koju, Govinda Joshi, Seema Karki, Muhammad Sohail
000030996 520__ $$aThe forests of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region play a major role in maintaining the mountain ecosystem and supporting people’s livelihoods. On a global scale, the important role of forests as sinks and sources of carbon is gaining increasing recognition as a major issue for climate change. However, notwithstanding their crucial role, forests across the region remain under threat from overexploitation and conversion of land to other uses. <p> <p> The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) mechanism offers a promising approach for protecting and enhancing the world’s forests. But implementing REDD+ will only be possible if appropriate cost-effective ways can be developed to measure forests and accurately assess changes in forest area and biomass.<p> <p> This publication presents the findings of the geospatial component of a three-year study on the design and establishment of a governance and payment system for Nepal’s community forest management under REDD. The publication describes the development and testing of a method for delineating forest area using a participatory GIS approach with high resolution satellite images in three watersheds: Kayar Khola in Chitwan District, Ludi Khola in Gorkha District, and Charnawati in Dolakha District, representing the three regions of plains, hills, and mountains. This study provides baseline data for comparison in future studies as well as a method for delineating permanent representative sample plots. It also shows that biomass and carbon stocks can be assessed from satellite images with integration of only a small amount of data from the sample plots. Comparison with results from field-based measurements showed that optical remote sensing can provide usable values for forest biomass over a large area and in a timely and cost-effective manner.
000030996 650__ $$aForests and forestry
000030996 650__ $$aGeoinformation and RS
000030996 650__ $$aREDD
000030996 653__ $$aForests and Forestry
000030996 653__ $$aForestry production
000030996 653__ $$aForest cover
000030996 653__ $$aBiomass
000030996 653__ $$aREDD
000030996 653__ $$aGIS
000030996 653__ $$aRemote sensing
000030996 653__ $$aNepal
000030996 655__ $$aForests and Forestry
000030996 655__ $$aForestry production
000030996 655__ $$aForest cover
000030996 655__ $$aBiomass
000030996 655__ $$aREDD
000030996 655__ $$aGIS
000030996 655__ $$aRemote sensing
000030996 655__ $$aNepal
000030996 690__ $$aForests and forestry
000030996 690__ $$aGeoinformation and RS
000030996 690__ $$aREDD
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