The UK Space Agency's (UKSA) International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP) supported a workshop on geo-information platforms to aid the forest sector in Mexico, as part of the Advancing Earth Observation Applications for Forests project, co-ordinated by Ecometrica.
The meeting was held in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas and was attended by delegates from over 7 different state forestry commissions within Mexico plus representatives of Federal agencies, research organisation, US NGOs, and an ESA supported project. The workshop was organised by EcoLogic Development Fund, a NGO working in Mexico to strengthen state-level capacities for Forest Monitoring, Reporting and Verification for REDD+.
Several different mapping platforms are under development or in use within the forest sector and a key finding was the need to enable systematic sharing of information and the delivery of content without the need for end users to download original datasets. The main platform providers have agreed to discuss integration and communication between platforms.
A key objective of the IPSP project was to establish regional EO Labs “ Ecometrica's powerful cloud based information infrastructure which allows improved stewardship of data and linkages to powerful earth system models. EO Labs are supporting a growing international network of connected EO derived data products, facilitating improved decision making and research excellence. In Mexico alone, the EO Lab is enabling collaboration between research and NGOs to develop applications monitoring forest change in Chiapas; local conservation activities in the El Ocote biosphere reserve; and identifying areas for Mangrove restoration.