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GEO 2016 transitional Work Program


Building capacity for Forest Biodiversity in Asia and the Pacific Region

Activity ID: 33

General Description

Based on recommendations of the 4th May Workshop, the GEO Strategic Plan (2016 – 2025) includes country capacity building as a Core Function of GEO. Accordingly, the 2016 Work Programme has identified a Foundational Task on Capacity Building Coordination, with an aim to facilitate and coordinate capacity building activities in GEO. It is envisaged that the actual capacity building activities will be undertaken within the three proposed implementation mechanisms, i.e. GEO Community Activities, GEO Initiatives and GEO Flagships. This proposal falls under the third category (viz. GEO Flagship) with the goal of country capacity building in the Asia Pacific Region, taking the societal benefit area of “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability” as an example. The Forest Biodiversity in Asia and the Pacific Region is most endangered compared to other continents due to high demographic pressure. The project will develop appropriate approach to enhance Regional capacity to undertake coordinated forest assessments, contribute to GEOSS and use the information to develop policy, strategies and programmes.

Task Leadership and Contributors

The host country resource persons are listed in Table 1.  In addition to them, experts will be nominated by GEO Secretariat, as needed. 

Table 1: Resource Persons in GEO CCB Programme in the Asia Pacific Region

Resource Persons

Address of Implementing Agencies

Contact Numbers
 / email

Dr.S. P. S. Kushwaha

Dean, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), 4 Kalidas Road, Dehradun, India


Director CSSTEAP
(Affiliated to UN)

UN Centres for Space Science And Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific at IIRS, Dehradun, India


Dr. Anmol Kumar

Director General, Forest Survey of India
23 Kaulagarh road, Dehradun, India


Dr. K. D. Singh1

Academy of Forest and Environmental Sciences,  FRI Campus, Dehradun, India


Note 1: The contact person for correspondence is: Dr. K. D. Singh. K-30 Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi 110016.  Mobile number and email is same as given above.

Implementation arrangements:

The Academy of Forest and Environmental Sciences will make implementation arrangements in consultation with other institutions viz. IIRS, FSI and UN Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP). Dehradun, which will host capacity building training course. The Centre was established in India in November, 1995 and is hosted by IIRS, Department of Space.

Contributors responsibilities/activities:

The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) will provide the Secretariat and core Faculty. IIRS is among the advanced institutions in Training, Research & Development in the field of remote sensing and GIS in the region and has done pioneering contribution by implementing Projects in all biomes of India. FSI has the national mandate for operational implementation of two-yearly country-wide forest cover monitoring, undertaking national forest inventory and assessment of trees outside forests on a sampling basis. It has close linkages with State Forest Departments, who are responsible for conservation and sustainable management of forests under state control. The Academy of Forest and Environment is an independent scientific organization dedicated to enhance all aspects of knowledge for sustainable management and conservation of forests and promotion of cross-institutional cooperation. 

Activities and outputs for 2016

Depending on availability of training slot, one Regional Training Workshop of 3 week duration would be organized at UN Centres for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific in close association with the Indian Remote Sensing Institute (IIRS), Dehradun, during which a simple (but comprehensive) monitoring system based on remote sensing and limited field assessment will be elaborated for feasible application at country / Regional levels. A strategic work plan will be prepared for national / regional biodiversity monitoring in the framework of GEOSS with updated write up on methodologies.  Side by side national and GEO network of experts will assist in exchange of information on capacity building in the framework of GEOSS. The knowledge gained on strategy for capacity building will be a major outcome.

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