INPE and FAO sign agreement for training in forest monitoring by satellite

INPE and FAO sign agreement for training in forest monitoring by satellite

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Countries in Africa, Asia and South America will be benefit by the cooperation agreement signed by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) in favor of training in the area of forest monitoring by satellites.

In the Regional Center in Amazonia from INPE, located in Belém (PA), foreign technicians will have the opportunity to learn how to use technologies developed by the Brazilian Institute – INPE is internationally recognized for maintaining the largest program of observations of forests in the world, capable of calculate annual rates of gross deforestation, degradation estimates and monitor in near real-time changes in the Brazilian Amazon.

The agreement requires from INPE to employ their expertise to the teaching of remote sensing techniques and the use of satellite images facing forest monitoring. Participants also know the features of TerraAmazon, system developed by the Institute for their monitoring program, as PRODES and DETER. For its part, FAO will ensure the arrival of foreign participants to the courses, as well as equipment and technical advice.

Six courses will be held throughout 2014 and 2015 in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. It will attend technical from Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Congo, Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Source: INPE