Training Workshop on Collect Earth for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Assessment in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

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Background

Land Cover/Land Use Change is one of the most important and easily detectable indicators of change in ecosystem services and livelihood support systems. Socioeconomic drivers can induce changes in land cover that may disrupt socio-cultural practices and the institutions associated with managing natural resources, which in turn increases people’s vulnerability to climate change. Land Cover/ Land Use assessment and monitoring of its dynamics are essential for the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental protection, and food security.  

Under a new initiative 'Pilot on global assessment of trends in tree cover/land use'  of the FAO Forestry Department, the Pilot on Global Assessment on Trends in Tree cover/Land use, a pilot assessment is being carried out as part of the Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) process to contribute building a longer term and more robust comprehensive Remote Sensing Survey for FRA 2020. In the framework of the pilot assessment, a series of training/assessment workshops are being organized in collaboration with many partners from all over the world. 

In this respect, FAO and ICIMOD are jointly organizing a two weeks training workshop on Collect Earth from 25 July – 6 August, 2016 at the ICIMOD Headquarters. The training will include new innovative applications such as Collect Earth and related tools. Collect Earth is a user-friendly Free and Open Source software that is used for land monitoring through the augmented visual interpretation of freely available satellite images. The system builds on Google technologies such as Google Earth, Earth Engine and the available Landsat, Sentinel 2 and other very high resolution images.

During the workshop, the trainees will also contribute in collecting sample plots for the LULUCF in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. This will be integrated into the Global LULUCF which is planned to be presented at COP22 in November 2016. It is believed that the local knowledge and expertise of the participants will help in improving the quality of the Global assessment.

Training Objectives

  • Provide a short course on Collect Earth;
  • Global Assessment starting from land elements to classification schemes
  • Undertake a preliminary data analysis with Saiku (built onto the Collect Earth tool).

Training Audience/Targets

The training is aimed at the graduate students/ young professionals from Nepal with adequate technical background on land cover mapping, remote sensing and GIS, and data collection skills.   

Application process and selection

A total of 20 participants will be selected based on their technical background and relevance of work. A nominal daily subsistence  allowance (DSA) and meals will be provided during the training period as per ICIMOD regulations. Selected applicants will be communicated on further procedures to participate in the training.  


Thank you for your interest in the Training workshop on Collect Earth for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assessment in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. The applications were reviewed and the selected applicants already notified through email. If you have not yet received any email or phone call,  please consider that you have not been selected for the training this time.