TREEMAPS: Tracking Reductions in Carbon Emissions through Enhanced Monitoring & Project Support

In the past 20 years, Thailand lost 577,000 hectares of forest, at an average rate of 0.15% per year. Estimates of forest degradation are currently not available.

TREEMAPS is working with WWF partners in Thailand to maintain its forests and the many benefits they provide to people and nature by measuring and monitoring the carbon they store.
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TREEMAPS project launch event in Bangkok
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WWF and Thailand government launch TREEMAPS, the first high-precision forest carbon mapping initiative in SE Asia.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and WWF-Thailand formally launched on June 6th the joint project, TREEMAPS. Read more

Ready for REDD+

REDD+ – the UN initiative for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – offers an opportunity for Thailand to receive funding to conserve its forests.

This will help to reduce carbon emissions, protect vital biodiversity and ecosystem services, and create sustainable livelihoods for many people.

But to take advantage of REDD+ and other carbon finance opportunities, Thailand needs:
  • An accurate inventory of the carbon stored in its forests
  • A system for monitoring changes in forest carbon
  • The knowledge and tools to continue to use this information effectively.


How TREEMAPS is helping

We’re working with local partners including government, communities and academic institutions to:
  • Develop a national carbon “basemap” and monitoring system, using cutting-edge technology such as LiDAR
  • Set up a sub-national REDD+ pilot project to protect important forest areas
  • Build capacity to allow people in Thailand to benefit from REDD+ and associated opportunities
  • Share knowledge, skills, experiences and lessons learnt with other countries in the region
  • Assess what additional values (such as ecosystem services and climate change resilience) the forests of Thailand provide to society.

About the project - leaflet

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LiDAR – Light Detection And Ranging – is a laser scanning device, mounted on an aircraft, that collects data during aerial surveys to produce highly accurate 3D maps of the forest.
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LiDAR – Light Detection And Ranging – is a laser scanning device, mounted on an aircraft, that collects data during aerial surveys to produce highly accurate 3D maps of the forest.


 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Justin Foster
Project Director – TREEMAPS
WWF-Thailand
No. 87 Soi Paholyothin 5, Paholyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phyathai Bangkok 10400. BTS (Skytrain) - Ari Station
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Mobile: +66 (0) 8 0082 9873
Tel: +66 2619 8534-37
Fax: +66 2619 8538-39
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Mr. Justin Foster, Project Director of TREEMAPS with WWF-Thailand speaking at the launch event.
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