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Web and mobile application will be used to monitor agro-forestry systems in the Dominican Republic

  • Contribution was provided to the country's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, thanks to a project implemented by CATIE's Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program

August 19, 2019 A new monitoring platform is making its way into the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean country that previously did not have a map of agro-forestry coverages, which will allow us to see the changes at the national level of coffee plantations, cocoa, paddock trees and live fences, among others.

Alfredo Fernandez Landa, coordinator of innovation and development of Agresta, Spanish company that has supported the process, mentioned that the monitoring system developed was based on the latest remote sensing technologies and a web and mobile application, through which in the Dominican Republic will be able to monitor agro-forestry systems (SAF, its Spanish acronym) using satellite images Sentinel 2, as well as data inventoried in the field by technicians in the country.

In this regard, Mario Chacón, researcher of the Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Education Center) and coordinator of the project Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, mentioned that this technology initiative supported the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, through the Directorate of Environmental Information and the Directorate of Climate Change.

Chacón added that the specific collaboration was provided to enable the adoption of innovative technologies for PAS monitoring and to improve existing technical capacities in the country for monitoring, in order to optimize the success in establishing PAS, and at the same time, contribute to adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

In view of this, during the first week of August a series of trainings were held to train the technicians of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, in the implementation of the entire monitoring system and in the maintenance of the tools developed to facilitate the continuation of the system in the medium term.

This creation of national capacities for the maintenance and follow-up of the monitoring system is fundamental, given that it ensures the continuity of the system and its correct incorporation into the national monitoring system, which is developed in the country within the framework of the REDD+ program, an aspect that can be seen as the main challenge, according to the words of Fernández Landa.  

Implemented by CATIE, the project Mechanisms and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and developed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

 

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Mario Chacón
Proyect Coordinator
Mechanism and networks for technology transfer related to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean
CATIE
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Alfredo Fernández Landa
Innovation and Development Coordinator
Agresta S. Coorp
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Written by:

Marianela Argüello L.
Programa de Bosques, Biodiversidad y Cambio Climático
Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change Program
CATIE
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