More than 30 countries are now using Collect Earth to manage and assess land use and land use change. In one example, the Forest Authority of Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s largest reservoirs of biodiversity, recently completed its first full assessment of land use, land use changes and forests in support of its first ever National Forest Inventory. “Collect Earth enabled us to significantly improve our understanding of forest and land use in Papua New Guinea and their changes over time. Reliable information is essential for good planning and sustainable management of forest, a vital source of livelihood for the majority of our nation’s population.” said Goodwill Amos, Acting Managing Director of Papua New Guinea Forest Authority.
In Tunisia and Kyrgyzstan, national forest authorities are using Collect Earth to collect accurate inventories of forest cover in order to combat desertification. Satellite images that used to take days to download and years of expertise to process can now be analyzed and visualized in a fraction of that time. Collect Earth provides instant access to both very high spatial and very high temporal resolution data within a simple framework built upon Google technologies. Its simple interface and flexibility allow even non-experts to use it.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is using Collect Earth to strengthen developing country partners’ collection methods to monitor land cover changes and control forest cover for climate mitigation and adaptation. As noted by Jean Parcher, former Project Manager for Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program’s Land Cover for Climate Initiative (LC4Climate), “the synergy between the Collect Earth team and the LC4Climate land cover and remote sensing trainers has provided rapid capacity development opportunities in Africa and South East Asia to develop National Carbon Emission Inventories. The Collect Earth package provided easy access to multi-temporal and high-resolution satellite imagery along with innovative tools for rapidly sampling changes to land use and land cover over time.”