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6 June 2017

Enhancing DELWP's strategic forest monitoring and forecasting framework

To meet sustainable forest management reporting requirements, in 2010 the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) developed Australia’s only state level public land based forest inventory via the Victorian Forest Monitoring Program. As a part of the program, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Unit of the Forest, Fire and Region Group (FFRG) in DELWP partnered with the European Forests Institute, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the CRC for Spatial Information. This collaboration developed the project: Enhancing DELWP's strategic forest monitoring and forecasting framework through the Landsat for Sustainable Forests (LandFor). On 6 June 2017, the project team hosted a seminar to present some exciting results:

  • Satellite imagery derived forest estimates of disturbance in Victoria's forests
  • Maps of logging and fire trends over the last 30 years
  • A comparison of these results with current DELWP information

The project team also discussed the application of this information in everyday state forest and national park management, planning and policy and how this information will inform fire risk mapping, carbon accounting, climate change, park resilience and NaturePrint. 

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