REDD+ Course for 2018 Intake

Natural Resources Management program of the Department of Development and Sustainability is pleased to announced the new course on REDD+. This course is available from August 2018 intake and Dr. Nophea Sasaki will be the instructor.

Brief Introduction to the REDD+ course

The REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, plus Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Management of Forests, and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks is the climate change mitigation scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement further strengthens the need for the REDD+ scheme for achieving mitigation target set out in the Nationally Determined Contributions. The course objective is to provide students with most recent knowledge of the REDD+, its policy and rules; forest carbon accounting with modern technologies; methodologies for identification of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, for introduction of the appropriate REDD+ activities for reducing the drivers, and for measurement of performance; and REDD+ development and financing.

Please come and join us.

NRM Mini Workshop 2018: GEE and Drone Applications

Applications of Google Earth Engine and Drone for Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring – Implications for the REDD+ Scheme

Date: 9 July 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00
Venue: Room S101, SERD at Asian Institute of Technology
Fees: No fee, no sponsor
Audiences: Anyone can participate. To allow for better arrangement of the classroom, please kindly register here.

Google Earth Engine (GEE) has been increasingly used for natural resources assessment and monitoring because of its huge data availability at no cost and tools for use at scale. Apart from GEE, drone has also been used for similar purposes as well as for biodiversity conservation. A combination of GEE and drone has been increasingly adopted for forest carbon measurement, forest carbon and health monitoring. This mini workshop is organized to introduce the latest applications of both technologies and discuss the future wider use of these applications for large-scale for in forest carbon measurement, carbon and health monitoring in the tropics. Results of the workshop could provide useful tools for monitoring REDD+ activities and accounting for carbon emission reductions and removals in tropical countries under the REDD+ scheme.

Four talks will be given followed by discussions:

A Google Earth Engine Practice for On-demand Land Cover Mapping
Speaker: Dr. Hiroyuki Miyazaki, RS-GIS, Asian Institute of Technology

Operational Forest Degradation Monitoring in Semi/Evergreen Forests using Google Earth Engine
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Langner, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D—Sustainable Resources, European Commission

Determination of Thresholds for Eight Land Use Categories in Cambodia using a Combination of Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies
Speaker: Manjunatha Venkatappa, Dr. Nophea Sasak, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Using Drone, Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies for Forest Carbon Measurement – Results from two Case Studies in Thailand
Speaker: Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Manjunatha Venkatappa, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Registration is open until 5 July 2018. Register now.

Organized by Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Contact
Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Associate Professor and Chair of NRM
Asian Institute of Technology
Email: nopheas@ait.ac.th

Special Talk by Prof. Hosang Kang

 

You are cordially invited to special talk to be delivered by Dr. Hosang Kang, Research Professor, National Instrumentation Center for Environmental Management (NICEM), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea.

Title: ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project as a Successful Model of Regional Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development

Registration: https://goo.gl/ev2X1b (for the purpose of room arrangement)

Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017
Time: 13:30 – 14:30 pm
Venue: S201
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ho Sang Kang

Prof. Kang got Ph.D. in Seoul National University in the field of forest ecology and silviculture. He worked as Global Forest Information Service Regional Coordinator for Asia and Russia. He was a Project Manager (Capacity Building of School of Environmental Conservation and Ecotourism Management in Indonesia) of KOICA from 2007-2009 and Secretary General of AKECOP from 2009 to 2016.
At present, he has several international cooperation projects including East Asia Biodiversity Conservation Network in the Northeast Asia and Center for Combat Desertification in Arid and Semi-Arid that is to establish cooperative network and development of capacity building programs for combating desertification and land degradation in arid and semi-arid areas in Asia and Africa.
He has also involved to establish Asia Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), a inter-governmental organization in Korea and now supporting the survey of plant biodiversity in Lao PDR and Myanmar.

Abstract: The ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project (AKECOP) as a catalyst for attaining sustainable natural resources management in the region became prominent and relevant. Being a regional collaborative partnership it supports ASEAN Member States in generating scientific knowledge, sharing information and experiences, and enhancing human and institutional capacity through the phased steps since 2000.
The main goal of the AKECOP Project was to enhance the capacity of AMS in managing and conserving the rich biodiversity and natural ecosystems in a sustainable manner through the collaborative research partnership, capacity building, and scientific and technical information sharing in the ASEAN region.

Please contact nopheas@ait.ac.th for more information. Thank you.

NRM Seminar Series 2017

You are cordially invited to attend an special talk, NRM Seminar Series 2017

Title: Telecouplings in the East-West Economic Corridor
Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Leisz, Associate Professor of Geography, Colorado State University, USA.

Date: 3rd March 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00
Room: S101 SERD Building
Registration at https://goo.gl/YYv0mY

Abstract
The conceptual framework of telecoupling seeks to explicitly link land changes in one place, or in a number of places, to distant, usually non-physically connected urban, and in some cases rural, locations. This conceptual framework is offered as a new way of understanding land changes; rather than viewing land-use and land-cover change through discrete land classifications that have been based on the idea of land-use as seen through rural-urban dichotomies, path dependencies and sequential land transitions, and place-based relationships. Focusing on the land-use and land-cover changes taking place along the East-West Economic Corridor that passes from Dong Ha City in Quang Tri, Vietnam, through Sepon District, Savannakhet, Laos, this presentation makes use of data gathered from fieldwork and remote sensing analysis to examine telecouplings between sending, receiving and spill-over systems on both sides of the Vietnam-Laos border.

About the Speaker
Stephen Leisz’s work is focused in the field of land change science. Through the use of remote sensing data, social science fieldwork, and GIS, he investigates the human-environment interactions that lead to land-use and ultimately land-cover changes over local and regional landscapes. His current research focus is on the way that changing livelihood systems in present day Southeast Asia influence land use and land cover changes at local and regional levels, and by extension how these changes influence ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration, biodiversity) and local economies. In the past he has researched potential climate change impacts on biodiversity and human societies in Melanesia and investigated the relationship between land and natural resource tenure systems and land-use/cover changes in parts of Africa and Madagascar.

Call for Journal Papers

Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, and their colleagues around the world are calling for papers for a Research Topic of three participating Frontiers Journals below:

Research Topic: Tropical Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation
Participating Journals:
Frontiers in Environmental Science
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Frontiers in Plant Science

For more information about this call and submission, please go here
http://journal.frontiersin.org/researchtopic/5715

Specialized REDD+ Training Course in 2016

Natural Resources Management field of study will organize a specialized training course at the Asian Institute of Technology. Please circulate this information to your networks. Thank you.

Title: Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities
Training Date: 27 November – 4 December 2016
Training Venue: AIT Conference Center
Training Capacity: 25 Trainees

Click here for more information about the training and how to apply.

What is is REDD+? Watch this video to find out.