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RCMRD Hosts East African Global Land Cover Workshop: March 10-14th, 2014

The workshop presently in session aims to enhance the capacity of developing country partners to improve techniques to generate and/or update existing land cover information using satellite imagery. The ability to monitor the effects of climate change on natural resources and conduct carbon sequestration assessments are greatly enhanced by access to global coverage of satellite imagery. Monitoring land cover change over time is an essential tool for climate change studies, such as forest carbon cycling processes, atmospheric models, ecosystem health and biodiversity. 

This East African Participatory Workshop is geared to land cover mapping experts from the East African countries (Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, and Kenya) to actively participate in a review of the USGS 30 meter Land Cover dataset and methodologies.

This workshop will equip policy makers to use the locally-produced land cover datasets from participating countries to improve the high resolution U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Global Land Cover database.

This workshop is organized in partnership with Department of the Interior International Technical Assistance Program U.S. Geological Survey and Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development.  

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