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NASA Projects

Through two NASA-funded projects, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Member States, and several world-class research institutions are working in partnership to provide world-class data on forests, climate change, and conservation.

The primary objective of these projects is to enable sustained use of satellite data to track progress, support planning efforts, and inform policy and management decisions that contribute toward implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) in several pilot countries. As the world works to deliver on the CBD and the 2030 Agenda, spatial data will be an imperative component of national planning and implementation. These projects provide one of our best opportunities to develop spatial data layers and ensure countries utilize them.

Forest Integrity Project Forest Integrity Project

The NASA Forest Integrity Project (FIP) provides accessible, high quality spatial data to national policymakers to support their commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project’s goal is to provide pilot countries with spatial data on forest cover, human pressure, forest integrity (a metric to identify high value forest areas), and forest connectivity that can guide decision making through the UN Biodiversity Lab decision support system. 

The project initially focused on eight pilot countries: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, DRC, Ecuador, Indonesia, Peru, and Viet Nam. In the final year of the project, we are delighted to scale-up our activities to provide data access to 21 additional countries with humid tropical forests: Angola, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guyana, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda. Collaborating research and capacity building institutions include: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), NASA, Montana State University, University of Northern Arizona, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Maryland, University of Queensland, and Wildlife Conservation Society.

Click the button above to access the project page, which offers the science team and representatives from project countries a secure forum to share information regarding the project. To enable a new user from your country to access this page, please contact Marion Marigo (marion.marigo@undp.org).

Life on Land Life on Land

The NASA Life on Land Project provides forecasting models to evaluate scenarios for Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to meet their commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development under alternative climate and policy scenarios. With key ties to the commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this project works to enable countries to conserve, restore, and sustainably use their forests to support nature-based solutions for climate change and sustainable development. The project focuses on: (1) projecting change to 2040, 2070, and 2100 in ecosystem structure and composition, vertebrate habitats, and water risk under scenarios of climate and land use change; (2) analyzing trends to inform reporting and policymaking for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15; and (3) developing an SDG decision support system for sustained use by in-country collaborators, building on the work already completed through UN Biodiversity Lab.

The project focuses on three pilot countries: Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Collaborating research and capacity building institutions include: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), NASA, Montana State University, University of Northern Arizona, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Queensland, and Wildlife Conservation Society. 

Click the button above to access the project page, which offers the science team and representatives from project countries a secure forum to share information regarding the project. To enable a new user from your country to access this page, please contact Marion Marigo (marion.marigo@undp.org).

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