Cambodia adds CIAT’s Terra-i to its toolbox to actively tackle deforestation
As the consequences of deforestation become increasingly pressing, Cambodian authorities feel the urgency to strengthen capabilities to spring from observation into on-the-ground action.
“The main advantage of Terra-i is that it produces a monthly report of high-resolution data and imagery refreshed every 16 days,” says CIAT’s Louis Reymondin, co-developer of the forest monitoring system. “It is the only tool that is global in scope and yet can be calibrated according to a country’s specific context.”
The open-source, near real-time monitoring system Terra-i will no doubt strengthen Cambodia’s national forest monitoring system, especially to support ground action by timely providing information to forest rangers and provincial authorities on the state of the forest, as well as on looming encroachment.
To achieve this, necessary technology, skills, and institutional structures will need to be strengthened. Institutional structures that clearly identify processes and roles and responsibilities, if and when an alert for an unusual vegetation change is detected, need to be put in place.