JAXA MP 2014 Phase-I – Myanmar

Geoinformatics Center (GIC) conducted a Workshop on the use of remote sensing for forestry and biomass estimation on 7 November 2014 in Ministry of Ecological Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Twenty six persons from MOECAF departments (Planning and Statistics Dept., Survey Dept., Dry Zone Greening Dept.), Myanma Timber Enterprise and Forest Research Institute attended this workshop.

The workshop consisted of presentations from GIC/AIT and MOECAF. The presentation from GIC/AIT explained the lessons learned from the research on REDD+ research in Brazil and Cambodia (by Prof. Haruo Sawada), research on forest biomass in Indonesia (by Dr. Firman Hadi) and previous projects of GIC/AIT in the use of remote sensing in forest application (by Mr. Lakmal Deshapriya). The presentation from MOECAF explained about the sustainable forest management in Myanmar (by Dr. Myat Su Mon) and application of remote sensing and GIS in Forest Department (by Mr. Phone Htut).

Besides workshop, two days discussion were also carried out in the Forest Department. The aim of the discussion was to select the site for the Mini Project. Five reserves forest were selected as the site candidates, i.e., Pyingye R.F., Nga Laik R.F., Palwe R.F., Minbyin R.F. and Kyaukmasin RF. The selection will be based on the field data availability, remote sensing data availability and also the accessibility to the site area from Nay Pyi Taw.