On January 21st, RSS shared its latest results with local Indonesian authorities, international NGOs and stakeholders involved in BIOCLIME. Participants were particularly riveted by RSS’ historic fire regime which extends back to 1997 and comprises highly-accurate burned area and fire frequency maps. These data enable Indonesia to retrospectively assess fire’s impact on regional biodiversity fluxes, GHG emissions and carbon budgets. When used as a baseline, this product also helps elucidate current (carbon) impacts such as those unleashed by 2015’s severe fires. In short, RSS’ results represent a long-awaited and immensely valuable resource for Indonesia.
RSS’ current tasks include providing land cover, forest, biomass, biodiversity and fire data for BIOCLIME, which will be integrated into an overarching forest information and monitoring system (FIMS). On this subject, we are pleased to announce our newest partnership with the Institute for World Forestry of the University of Hamburg, who will assist us with data integration, validation and FIMS establishment.
Our thanks go to the GIZ for orchestrating BIOCLIME, as well as the German Ministry for Environment and Nuclear Safety (BMU) for financing this workshop.
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