About the Forests 2020 Conference

The Forests 2020 Global Conference will explore the future of space technologies in monitoring and protecting tropical forests worldwide.

Days 1 and 2 are by invitation only for partners of the Forests 2020 project to discuss progress and next steps. The Plenary on Day 3 is open to all, and will demonstrate the progress of the Forests 2020 project so far, including a showcase of all the exciting technologies that have been developed to fight deforestation and degradation across the tropics, and how they could be applied to forests all over the world.

With sessions on brand new innovations in drone-based LiDAR surveys, automated forest loss detection, forest fire resilience and using machine learning to generate ultra high-resolution maps, the Forests 2020 Global Plenary is a must-attend event for anyone with an interest in forests, earth observation, supply chain monitoring or emerging space technologies.
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The Forests 2020 Conference will welcome delegates from all over the world, including our partner countries: Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ghana and Kenya. In each country we are working with national institutions, researchers and NGOs to improve forest monitoring at local, regional and national levels.

Only by meeting, discussing, networking, and collaborating, can we start to address and solve our greatest deforestation and forest degradation challenges. This is the objective of the Forests 2020 Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh.

Agenda

(subject to change)

Day 1: Monday 8th April - Partner Sessions

By Invitation Only

Time

Activity

Theme

Objectives

8:45 – 9:15

Registration/Coffee

9:15 – 9:30

Plenary/Panel

Introduction

Welcoming remarks

9:30 – 10:30

Plenary/Panel

Forests 2020: South America

Introductions to F2020 in Colombia, Brazil and Mexico with Q&A and panel session

10:30 – 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:40

Plenary/Panel

Forests 2020: Africa

Introduction to F2020 in Kenya and Ghana followed by panel discussion and Q/A

11:40 – 12:00

Plenary/Panel

Forests 2020: Indonesia

Introduction to F2020 in Indonesia followed by panel discussion and Q/A

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch

Networking / Exhibition

13:00 – 15:00

Breakout Sessions 1

Theme 1 – Change Detection

Technical session: knowledge exchange of novel tools and methods for detecting change in forest cover in complex landscapes

Theme 2 – Risk Mapping

Technical Session: Knowledge exchange of different approaches and methods to mapping drivers and risks of deforestation

Sustainability Planning Workshop

An opportunity to discuss different approaches to maintaining tools beyond 2020

Deforestation Free Commodities

How can we leverage deforestation commitements within the national forest monitoring system?

15:00 – 15:30

Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

Breakout Sessions 2

Theme 3 – Digital Infrastructure – The EO Lab

Showcase of novel EO Lab applications

Themes 1 and 2 – Developing Technology protocols and pathways to adoption

How do we embed new tools into existing systems?

Communities and NFMS

Earth observation and communities – how to link space with people on the ground

How data is used in NFMS?

Now we have the data – so what? Exploration of how data is used in real life scenarios

Day 2: Tuesday 9th April - Partner Sessions

By Invitation Only

Time

Activity

Theme

Objectives

8:45 – 9:15

Tea/Coffee

9:15 – 10:45

Breakout Sessions 1

Theme 1 – Change Detection

TBC

Theme 2 – Risk Mapping

TBC

Sustainability Planning Workshop

How to form a case for continued investment? How to identify and interact with potential end users beyond the project? Creating/communicating the vision for a national forest monitoring system

Deforestation Free Commodities

How to leverage deforestation commitments in a NFMS? How to engage with private stakeholder and commitment regulation?

10:45 – 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30

Breakout Sessions 2

Theme 3 – Digital Infrastructure – The EO Lab

How is the EO Lab used within different insitutions? Presentations and discussion around practical applications

Themes 1 and 2 – Developing Technology protocols and pathways to adoption

Exploring the opportunities and barriers to introducing new tools and methods to existing systems

Communities and NFMS

Aim is to look at how Forests 2020 is engaging with the community monitoring agenda

How data is used in NFMS?

Exploration of how data is used practically with national forest monitoring systems, and how it informs every day practices

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

Panel Session

Reports and discussion from breakout session

Chair person from the breakout sessions will present key ideas discussed, high level panel session, paving a way forward from the breakout sessions.

15:00 – 15:30

Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30

Panel Discussion / Q&A

Sustainability of Forests 2020

Outline of programme level sustainability plan with Q&A. Followed by concluding remarks from conference chair

16:30 – 18:00

Drinks Reception

Day 3: Wednesday 10th April - Forests 2020 Plenary

Time

Activity

Theme

Objectives

8:30 – 9:00

Registration
Tea/Coffee

9:00 – 9:10

Plenary

Welcome and Introduction

9:10 – 9:30

Panel / Q&A

Forests 2020: Latin America

Brief overview of Forests 2020 work and outstanding example interventions from Forests 2020 for each country in a panel session. Followed by a Q&A session from the audience.

9:30 – 11:00

EO Lab Application Award
Tea/Coffee Break

Digital Infrastructure

Ecometrica to select most comprehensive/useful EO lab app developed during Forests 2020

11:00 – 11:30

Panel / Q&A

Forests 2020: Africa

Brief overview of Forests 2020 work and outstanding example interventions from Forests 2020 for each country in a panel session. Followed by a Q&A session from the audience.

11:30 – 12:30

Panel / Q&A

Forests 2020: Africa

Brief overview of Forests 2020 work and outstanding example interventions from Forests 2020 for each country in a panel session. Followed by a Q&A session from the audience.

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:00

Panel / Q&A

Forests 2020: South East Asia

Brief overview of Forests 2020 work and outstanding example interventions from Forests 2020 for each country in a panel session. Followed by a Q&A session from the audience.

14:00 – 15:00

Plenary / Panel

UK Forests 2020 Partners

How does UK collaboration impact global action for forest monitoring?

15:00 – 15:30

Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:00

Closing Keynote Panel

Looking Forward

Overview of F2020 Progress, hopes for sustainability, next steps for space and environment, the Collaborative Constellation for Climate Resilience

16:00 – 17:00

Close of Conference

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Richard Tipper

Executive Chairman
Ecometrica

Prof. Iain Woodhouse

Founder / CEO
Carbomap

Prof. Mathew Williams

Global Change Ecology
University of Edinburgh

Yakubu Mohammed

Manager, GIS & Remote Sensing
Ghana Forestry Commission

Jean P. Ometto

Senior Researcher
CCST / INPE (Brazil)

Lilik Budi Prasetyo

Head of Environmental Analysis & Spatial Modelling Lab
Bogor Agricultural University – IPB

Further speakers to be announced

Location

The Forests 2020 Global Conference

Date:  8-10th April 2019
Time: 8:45am until 5:00pm, daily
Venue: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Contact

Paula McGregor

Forests 2020 Conference Organiser
Space Programme Administrator
Ecometrica

paula.mcgregor@ecometrica.com

Sarah Middlemiss

Forests 2020 Conference Organiser
Space Programme Manager
Ecometrica

sarah.middlemiss@ecometrica.com

Forests 2020 Partners

UK National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). NCEO brings together much of the UK’s renowned EO expertise and research capability. The UK is a global leader in the science of forests’ role in global climate change. Within the NCEO framework, this project comprises teams at: The University of Edinburgh (UoE) School of Geosciences, the largest group of geoscientists in the UK with a concentration of expertise in remote sensing technology and applications, and in forest measurements, monitoring and modelling, and The University of Leicester (UoL) with expertise in Space Research and EO which has led to a variety of training, research and applications. UoL uses satellite data to study key challenges such as climate change and how to develop new technologies for the future, carrying out research into the design and exploitation of increasingly sophisticated sensors that are now available.

https://www.nceo.ac.uk/

http://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences

http://www2.le.ac.uk/colleges/scieng/research/centres/clcr

Carbomap is a UK based specialist forest survey and mapping company working to support sustainable forest management. The team, led by Professor Iain Woodhouse, have international reputations in remote sensing methodologies, satellite radar mapping, forest structure mapping, carbon sequestration and airborne survey.

www.carbomap.com

INPE, linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Brazil, aims to provide science and technology in space and the terrestrial environments, and offer innovative products and services in benefit of Brazil. The responsibility of the EO area is to develop the scientific and technological knowledge in remote sensing and digital image processing.

www.inpe.br

 

IPAM is an independent nonprofit research institute, with a current staff of 105 people distributed across eight offices in the Amazon and Cerrado Biomes. For the past 21 years IPAM has been working with basic and collaborative research to understand the ecological limits of land use/cover and climate change to Amazon forest ecosystems, as well as assessing the impacts of public policies on deforestation and forest degradation in these areas.

www.ipam.org.br

KeyAssociados’ ESG & Sustainability unit is responsible for helping clients integrate Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) management into their business strategies, products and services in Brazil. It is a well connected organisation in Brazil, working closely with private, public and civil society organisations.

www.keyassociados.com.br

ECOSUR is a multidisciplinary research centre in Mexico, with a staff of approximately 250 researchers and offices in all states of the southern border of Mexico, and one of the leading research centres in this region. The Laboratorio de Análisis Geográfico (LAIGE) of ECOSUR is a department whose line of interest is the study of forest resources using geographic information systems and remote sensing tools; some of the topics studied include deforestation and CO2 emissions, drivers of land use change, biodiversity and ecosystem services loss.

www.ecosur.mx

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Pronatura Sur is a Mexican NGO recognised for its contribution to the conservation of areas of high ecological value in the south of Mexico. For the past 10 years, Pronatura Sur has focused on Chiapas’ forest sectors, developing methodologies, supporting communities and improving the value chain. Pronatura Sur has significant experience in capacity building on REDD+ and related topics for mid-level governmental and private sector decision makers.

www.pronaturasur.org

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Ambio is a Mexican NGO which aims to promote rural development from the participation of communities, with emphasis on local improvement, recognising local interests and particular needs. Ambio has strong links with government agencies, NGOs, academia and the communities where they have been working for over 10 years, and was part of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Mexico-Norway Initiative , participating actively in both the National REDD+ strategy and the State REDD+ strategy for Chiapas.

www.ambio.org.mx

FIPRODEFO is an autonomous government institution, which serves as the technical and operational body on issues of relevance in the state of Jalisco’s forests. Forest branches of work include: geomatics and information systems; forest genetic improvement; forest health; sustainable forest management; and commercial forest plantations. Since its establishment in 1998, the trust has served as a specialised institution operating in forestry issues.

fiprodefo.jalisco.gob.mx

IDEAM is a governmental institution ascribed to the Colombian Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development which is in charge of producing and managing the scientific and technical information on the environment. IDEAM generates knowledge, produces reliable, consistent and timely information on the status and dynamics of natural resources and the environment, to facilitate the definition and setting of environmental policies and decision-making by the public, private and the public sectors in general.

www.ideam.gov.co

Universidad de los Andes.The COMIT research group of the System and Computing Department of Universidad de los Andes (UniAndes) has been leading the Colombian Data Cube project for more than a year at IDEAM. The main objective of the project is the implementation of a data cube for Colombia, and aims to store all Landsat imagery for the country since 2000 and provide a standard repository for this information.

www.uniandes.edu.co

Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) is one of the leading universities in Indonesia that focuses on agriculture and forestry. IPB has conducted various studies related to food security and environments, including agriculture, forestry, and climate. IPB has worked collaboratively with various public and private agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) that has been initiated since 2010. This alliance has been created to carry out satellite technology development in order to support food security and environmental monitoring.

www.ipb.ac.id

PT Hatfield Indonesia is a pioneer in the field of environmental services in Indonesia, providing a strong local presence and a team of local and international multi-disciplinary specialists built up over more than 25 years of regional experience. Hatfield has an excellent understanding of forest monitoring policies and development in Indonesia, particularly REDD+ MRV programmes, having previously conducted project work for the UN-REDD / REDD+ Task Force and Ministry of Forestry (now Ministry of Environment and Forestry).

www.hatfieldgroup.com

Daemeter is a leading independent consulting firm promoting sustainable development through responsible and equitable management of natural resources, particularly in Asia’s emerging economies. The team comprises advisors, technical experts and project managers and has been working throughout Indonesia collaborating with the Government and private sectors.

www.daemeter.org

The Faculty of Renewable Resources (FRNR) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) promotes the proper management of sustainable utilisation of forest, savannahs, wildlife, freshwater fisheries and watersheds through teaching, research and dissemination of information. The faculty has a broad range of expertise in remote sensing and GIS. The faculty is actively involved in collaborative research with agencies such as UNESCO, USAID, FAO, CIDA, and the World Bank.

www.frnr.knust.edu.gh

RMSC is the technical wing of the Forestry Commission of Ghana. The centre is made up of various experts of international repute in forestry, environmental conservation, natural resources management, biodiversity assessment and management among others. They have experience in working with many development agencies, and over the years has developed collaborative initiatives with forest fringe communities and other stakeholders in forest resource management so as to promote forest governance.

http://www.fcghana.org/page.php?page=46&section=22&typ=1&subs=252

Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is mandated to enhance development, conservation and management of Kenya’s forest resources base in all public forests, and assist County Governments to develop and manage forest resources on community and private lands for the equitable benefit of present and future generations. KFS has a fully equipped GIS lab managed by full MSc graduates in GIS and remote sensing. It is comprised of a team of remote sensing experts, GIS officers and geodatabase managers.

www.kenyaforestservice.org

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