The specific research goal was to establish the best means of combining remote sensing with community-based management to support sustainable forest use in Malawi. In Malawi it is the small rural communities that have the most impact on forest use, but they are the least likely to be able to benefit from recent technologies such as satellite-based remote sensing. Simple data produced as maps could be used at the community level to help forest management, but this may not be the most appropriate kind of data. There are newer, more advanced satellites and aircraft that can measure detailed properties of a forest — are these data more applicable? And what kind of scale and frequency are measurements needed? These are the questions that need to be urgently addressed if Malawi is to implement an effective strategy for sustainable forest use. The focus of this project was to establish what data is most “fit for purpose” for both national inventory to be conducted by the Forestry Department, but also at the community level. The intention was to make a real improvement on the way in which the forests are managed and used in Malawi.