Monitoring land cover and land use change by providing accurate and timely land cover maps and information, play a critical role in a variety of sectors in the developing world such as, agricultural planning and food security, carbon accounting, water management and natural resource management. However, many developing countries including those within the Lower Mekong region, lack the coordinated capacity to produce timely, and temporally comparable geospatial data products that are sufficient enough to meet their management needs.
The Regional Land Cover Monitoring System (RLCMS) was developed by SERVIR-Mekong with the support of the U.S. Forest Service, NASA Applied Science Program, Google, the University of Maryland and governments of countries in the Mekong region. The system utilizes satellite technology to facilitate the production of customized, high-quality regional land cover maps at a 30-m resolution for each year from 2000 to present, in addition to complimentary land cover information. Using publicly available global satellite data, such as Landsat and MODIS, makes the system easily transferable. The adaptable system framework allows for a customized service that is able to map different land cover typologies based on ongoing user needs and bespoke landscape monitoring objectives.
SERVIR’s unique service approach connects scientists and decision-makers to collaborate on finding sustainable solutions to ongoing development challenges and helps to bridge the gap between these two communities. This approach supports scalable, needs-based technical collaborations.
The SERVIR service approach places great emphasis on:
- Identifying specific development problems together with local communities to guide researchers
- Co-developing geospatial services with decision-makers and end-users together with international researchers and experts
- Building capacity of partners to achieve sustainability
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The Mekong Region - State of Land Report
- SERVIR-Mekong, in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment and University of Bern, contributed to the online 2018 State of Land in the Mekong Region report.
- The report used data from SERVIR-Mekong’s RLCMS to inform regional assessments and cross-country comparative analyses of land use and land cover change in the Mekong region, setting a baseline for future reporting of current conditions and land governance.
Regional Land and Forest Monitoring
The RLCMS provides a series of annual land cover maps with a multi-purpose typology, from the year 2000-present.
High quality, 30-m resolution, regional land cover maps designed to meet
Annually updated maps using open-source remote sensing data
Consistent regional classification scheme which aligns with land cover typologies
Plantation Mapping in Myanmar
- Myanmar’s remaining intact forest landscapes are under threat due to an increase in agricultural land use and deforestation. SERVIR’s RLCMS was customized for plantation mapping of the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape in Myanmar, which is suffering from habitat degradation and fragmentation.
- The online map interface shows areas of cropland, rubber and palm oil in the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape, for 2017 and 2018. This enables business opportunities for alternative timber sources to be identified, reducing the impacts on biodiversity and improving sustainable resource management.
Cambodia Protected Area Alerts System
- SERVIR-Mekong partnered with USAID Greening Prey Lang (GPL) to support the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in monitoring protected forest areas. Sentinel-1 (SAR) data will be used for near real-time detection and alerts of threats, such as deforestation.
- The SERVIR-Mekong data will supplement ground-observations collected by the USAID GPL project and data uploaded by citizens. The platform will not only provide geospatial data, but also produce action-ready information including user-defined alert messages, customized reports and maps.
Dashboard for Monitoring and Evaluating Landscape Improvements in Cambodia
- Satellite-based analyses to help monitor progress and evaluate project impacts aimed at landscape interventions and improving the biophysical condition of the landscape.
- SERVIR-Mekong will develop an online user-friendly tool that uses vegetation indices as a proxy for progress and success of USAID/Cambodia projects. This service will also be usable across the USAID network for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
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