Brazil trains Latin American foresters

Brazil trains Latin American foresters


Brazil: Brazil is training a group of experts from Ecuador, Mexico and Guyana and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Experts will learn techniques to control forest clearing using satellite images. They will be also trained in TerraAmazon, a software developed by National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil.

The course, which started this month, is the first of its kind. Organised by the INPE, it is based on the agreement signed with FAO in December last year for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in developing countries.

The INPE, which is responsible for the operation of the Program of Chinese-Brazilian Satellite Remote Surveillance (CBERS), has developed different techniques to periodically measure the deforestation of the Amazon and other Brazilian ecosystems based on satellite images.

Brazil also offers free access of satellite images to many Latin American and African countries to be used in monitoring the deforestation of their environmental areas.

INPE has also signed an agreement with the International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to organise nine courses offered in English, French and Spanish over the next three years.