Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), one of the collaborative partners of UN-REDD programme, is supporting for the implementation of Forest Reference Emission Levels (FREL)/ Forest Reference Levels (FRL) and development of National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS). As a part of FREL development, Forest Department is carrying out National Forest Inventory (NFI) piloting with the support of FAO/ UN-REDD Programme starting from January 2017.
Training on Open Foris Collect and Collect Mobile to support the NFI was conducted at Forest Department in Nay Pyi Taw with the objectives of (1) reviewing field methodology and general inventory approach (field manual and field forms); (2) Discussion on Survey design and parameters definitions; (3) Data Entry with Collect Mobile; and (4) Data flow and Data Management. 3-day-outdoor training on OF tools testing in Kyauk Ma Sin Reserved Forest, Yedashe Township, Bago Yoma Region was followed consecutively as the field training. The Range Officers from RS/ GIS section, who are a part of field team in the NFI piloting, participated in the training.
At the last day of the training, the results of the testing OF tools in the field were reviewed and discussion on addressing of “how to improve the challenges” was undertaken along with participation of the technical experts from Forest Department and field crews.