Forest Distribution Map for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Department of Forest and Range Resources, Botswana
2014 – 2019
Hatfield was engaged by JICA to develop a satellite imagery-based forest distribution map for all 16 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States. Forest extent and distribution estimates will be used at a national level for forest management and carbon stock assessment reporting.
Hatfield Africa developed national Forest Inventory maps of all Member States using 30-metre resolution images acquired using the Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager for continental Member States, and 10-metre Sentinel-2A for Indian Ocean Island States. Services included satellite image acquisition, processing and analysis, stakeholder engagement and training of national forestry agency staff in basic and advanced remote sensing methods and approaches. Hatfield also provided training for technical representatives from each Member State to facilitate use of the datasets.