Bolivia moves towards better forest monitoring with the Terra-i tool
During the last 40 years, Bolivia has been experiencing high land use and land cover changes. Large and small scale activities such as immigration of farmers that practice subsistence agriculture, industrialized agriculture, and pasture establishment for livestock production have put considerable pressure on forests and natural resources. This December 2012, Louis Reymondin and Alejandro Coca spent five days training a team of researchers to use and implement the Terra-i system at the headquarters of the Bolivian National System of Monitoring and Information (SNIB), based in Cochabamba. Additionally, Louis and Alejandro gave a talk at an event held at the Universidad Amazónica de Pando based in Cobija to share their experiences about Terra-i as well as the preliminary results of the training workshop.
For the first time since the Terra-i project started, a great initiative has been developed between CIAT researchers and governmental institutions to strengthen their national forest monitoring systems. Now, two researchers from CIAT have travelled to the Bolivian National System of Monitoring and Information installations in Cochabamba to train the local team in the use of the Terra-i system. After five days of rewarding work, the strengths and weaknesses of the tool were identified and a schedule was established for 2013 for the eventual incorporation of Terra-i into the official national monitoring system.
The Terra-i team wishes for all a happy and successful conclusion to the year 2012! A considerable set of innovations and new products to improve the tool will be delivered during the year 2013. Follow us on the website and project facebook page.