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Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development



The Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development (STEWARD) project is a join investment of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau (EGAT), USAID/West Africa and the US Forest Service. It is implemented by Bioclimate Research & Development (BR&D).

LTS provide technical support to the STEWARD Project. The objective of this is to provide an assessment of biomass stocks and biomass stock change between 2007 and 2010 in a specified area of Sierra Leone/Guinea border region.

The assessment is undertaken using multi-regression analysis of RADAR data and generation of biomass maps using a range of biomass-backscatter equations.

Based on best output validation, LTS will then calculate statistics on forest area and biomass stock loss within the time frame investigated.

The project also aims to achieve:

  • Agreement of change classification criteria and project-specific deforestation threshold
  • Advice on RADAR data purchasing from RESTEC
  • Multi-regression analysis of RADAR data and generation of biomass maps using different biomass-backscatter equations
  • Multi-validation of outputs against field data provided by BR&D
  • Generation of biomass stock change statistics and maps

Image credit: Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

Services:
Climate Change, REDD+, Ecosystems, Forest Governance

Geography:
Sierra Leone

Date:
2014

Keywords:
RADAR data, biomass maps, Multi-regression Anals