References - Agriculture and Forestry

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR THE SUPPLY OF SPOT IMAGES AS PART OF THE REDD+ INITIATIVE, Congo Basin

In December of 2009, the country of France committed to make SPOT4, 5 and future SPOT6 and 7 images acquired from 2010-2015 as well as archived images from 2000 available to the countries of the Congo Basin. This provision is effective as of the signature of a framework agreement at the end of 2010 in Copenhagen between the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the Astrium group (in charge of providing the satellite images). This programme is part of the process for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and the Degradation of forests (REDD+).

IGN France International, leader of the consortium, dispenses project management assistance alongside the French IGN (National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information), the CNES (National Centre of Spatial Studies), and the IRD (Institute of Research for Development). ONF International is also associated with the operation.

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More information on the REDD+ satellite imagery project

 

  ALMA PROJECT (ARABLE LAND MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT), Egypt 

The ALMA projet focused on assessing the gains and losses of arable land in the Nile valley and delta and aimed to compare the quantities of arable land in Egypt during two periods, over the entire country terre.  In order to respect time constraints, a statistical approach was chosen that was based on a sampling method, which allowed to save valuable time.

The two time periods compared were 1985 and 2005. This 20-year period is long enough to allow a significant assessment of the evolution of arable land, as well as to analyse its rhythm. The data collected in this way allowed the Ministry to have an objective and reliable idea of this phenomenon that could eventually lead to the implementation of an appropriate policy.

Acquisition then processing of imagesTheoretical and practical training in France • Definition of a methodology and a classification scale for different type of land occupation Definition of the sampling using a grid Acquisition and georeferencing of maps Interpretation of images and their comparison with maps from 1985Consolidation of numbers and delivery of results

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IMPLEMENTATION OF A FORESTY INFORMATION SYSTEM, Russia

Through this project, financed by the European Commission, a tool for the sustainable management of forests in North-West Russia was created. A forestry information system was first elaborated, then specific technical assistance was provided along with training of local personnel, allowing the improvement of management methods and of the legislation concerning forest zones.

• Digitisation and integration of data provided by the Russian authorities into the database Improvement of the field intervention process Preservation of biodiversity • Maintenance of raw material reserves Acquisition of satellite data

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LAND OCCUPATION DATABASE, Burkina Faso  

The overall goal of this project was to provide the Ministry of Agriculture and Hydraulics and Fishery resources, as well as all environmental professionals, with a tool for the management of natural resources that was able to provide assessment, monitoring and management of these natural resources. 
This project included the creation of a national land occupation database covering the entire country, in the context of a total technology transfer.  The project was entirely carried out in Burkina Fasousing equipment obtained and installed by IGN France International, using mixed and pluridisciplinary teams made up of geographers, geomorphologers, forestry professionals, vegetal biology experts, photo-interpreters and information systems and GIS specialists...

• Acquisition of Landsat images • Provision and orthorectification of satellite data • Creation of a land occupation database • Creation of a national geomorphologic database Diagnosis of changes in land occupation over a period of two years   Identification of pressures on the environment and agricultural lands  Training of local experts on the installed software

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  HYDROLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, Central America and Caribbean

Since 1999, IGN France International has been trying to sensibilise Central American and Caribbean countries to the interest of the CORINE system. A feasibility study over the Rio Lempa basin was completed in order to better adapt the nomenclature to the regional specificities and to launch environmental applications based on this database. An extension of the database over the entire territory of El Salvador was also financed and completed following this project.

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  CIPA PROJECT (CROPS INVENTORY, AGRICULTURAL ACREAGE AND YIELD ESTIMATIONS), Egypt 

The CIPA project focused on the study and estimation of agricultural acreage and yields of Egyptian agriculture over the Nile Valley and Delta, using a statistical approach. The goal of the project was to provide reliable information to the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture that would be helpful for the management of the agricultural policy and give a better understanding of the Egyptian agricultural production potential.

This project, covering the entire Nile Valley and Delta, included a crop inventory, acreage estimation, yield evaluation (wheat and cotton), inventories of the different types of irrigation and the monitoring of the infestation of drainage and irrigation canals by water hyacinths.

Preparation of methods and training session, then their definition and finalisation • Drafting of field survey questionnaires as well as manuals and technical guides • Transfer of competency by the training of supervisors and more than 100 surveyors • Inventory of winter and summer crops Assessment of wheat and cotton yields Estimate of agricultural surfaces Estimate of the influence of small irrigation systems on crops • Monitoring of the contamination of irrigation and drainage canals by water hyacinths 

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