|Project number :
||PD 228/03 Rev.3 (F)
|Project country :
Government of China: $172,500
|Submitted by :
||Government of China
|Implementing agencies :
||Research Institute of Forest Resources Information Techniques of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (IFRIT – CAF)
|ITTO funding sources :
|Financed at session No :
Available forest fire statistics indicate that annually, more than 3000 forest fires occur in the tropical regions of China damaging more than 10,000 hectares of forest areas. The high forest fire occurrence can be attributed to the insufficient fire prevention capability, which in turn is due to the lack of adequate mechanisms for fire detection and monitoring as well as for forest fire data collection, management and information dissemination.
The project is aimed at reducing the frequency of forest fires and forest losses from fire, strengthening forest protection and accelerating the sustainable development and utilization of tropical forests in China. Its specific objectives are: a) to improve forest fire monitoring and fire danger forecasting in the experimental and demonstration area in Guangdong Province; b) to promote forest fire management at the provincial, district and county levels through the establishment of TropFireMAS (Tropical Forest Fire Monitoring and Management System Based on Satellite Remote Sensing Data in China) and through demonstrations and technical training.
The main outputs of the project are:
· TropFire MAS is established and operational;
· Operation and application of TropFire MAS are demonstrated;
· Technical training is conducted;
· Public education and training on fire prevention are conducted;
· Technical Reports on TropFireMAS are published and disseminated.