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Forest Monitoring

Fullname Forest area and land use change mapping
Funding Source Other
Programme GSE
Start Date 01/02/2003
Duration 70 months
Status Completed
Coordinator
Contact Person Haeusler Thomas
Telephone Number +49 89 12 15 28 20
Website http://www.gmes-forest.info

Project abstract

The sustainable management of forests is increasingly recognised as an urgent challenge. The future of forests has serious socio-economic implications and impacts global concerns that include accelerating biodiversity loss and climate change. Given the broad diversity of forest environments worldwide, the challenge is highly complex and demands effective monitoring capabilities.

 

GSE Forest Monitoring (GSE-FM) is a unique multi-disciplinary enterprise that delivers a suite of standardised products and services to support forest monitoring activities.

 

 

GSE Forest Monitoring supplies accurate, timely and readily available information on the state of forests to a variety of users and beneficiaries. The products and services are designed to support more informed decisions, operational activities and improved policies that significantly enable sustainable forest management.

 

GSE-FM integrates the most relevant and recent scientific research, best (monitoring) practices with the latest analytical tools and information technologies. The resulting products and complementary services were designed with a strong emphasis on user requirements and with a clear policy focus.

 

Core users from a number of countries have been involved in the design, development and field application of GSE-FM products and services. The policy "engine" driving this process has focused on the following priority sectors:

- Climate Change

 

- Sustainable Forest Management

 

- Environmental Issues & Nature Protection

 

The GSE-FM service philosophy addresses unique user needs and policy requirements in these important areas including landmark agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity amongst others.

 

GSE-FM assists users to customise and improve their policies and management activities to meet the requirements of these agreements and other conventions of relevance to forests.

 

GSE-FM is a long term initiative with global goals. The recent consolidation phase (to the end of 2004) is nearing successful completion during which key concepts, products and services were developed and applied by users with positive results.

 

The subsequent implementation phase (2005 onwards) envisages an incremental but significant growth in the number of users and service providers that will benefit from and/or support GSE-FM. Over the coming decade, the goal is to establish a worldwide network of users and service providers capable of promoting, managing and sustaining a global forest monitoring system.

List of partner organisations

Prime Contractor:

- GAF AG, Germany

 

Service Strategy Group:

- CEC, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

- European Environment Agency

- Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

 

 

Core User Group:

- Environmental Agency (UBA), Germany

- Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL), Germany

- Thuringian State Institute for Forest, Game and Fishery (TLWJF),Germany

- National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece

- The National Board of Forestry (NBF), Sweden

- Stora Enso Forest Consulting, Finland

- Ministère de l'agriculture, de l'alimentation, de la pêche et des affaires rurales (MAAPAR), France

 

Operational Service Providers

- GAF AG, Germany

- GEOAPIKONISIS LTD, Greece

- Metria Miljöanalys, Sweden

- VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

- SFM Consultants GmbH, Germany

 

 

System Developers:

- DLR DFD - German Remote Sensing Data Center, Germany

- Infoterra GmbH, Germany

 

Research Partners:

- European Forest Institute Finland (EFI), Finland

- Department of Remote Sensing and Landscape Information Systems (FELIS)

- University of Freiburg, Germany

- Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria

- VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

 

Expert Consultants:

- ECORYS Transport NEI, Netherlands

- Quali Systems Ltd (Qualisys), Greece

- Universite de Marne la Vallée (IFG), Institut Francilien des Géosciences, France