Status report on Liberia’s Land Cover and Forest Mapping – Oct 2015

Consultants: Joint Venture Metria AB and GeoVille GmbH

October 7, 2015

JV Metria/GeoVille is currently in the final phase of integrating the mapping results of Liberia´s Land Cover and Mapping performed under contract from the Forestry Development Authority for delivery.

The Land Cover and Forest map is based on satellite imagery from Landsat and RapidEye.. Three separate satellite data coverages have been available for the mapping. Initially, Landsat-8 images from December 2013 and January 2014 was the best available for the project but with the additional funding by the European Space Agency (ESA) a 90% coverage with RapidEye satellite images with 5 m resolution from 2011-2013 was made available for the project. As the project slipped in time, a new coverage of very good quality “cloud free” Landsat-8 images acquired between December 2014 and January 2015 could replace the older dataset. This have been the principle source of information concerning spectral information for mapping, while the 5m RapidEye images have provided the details for interpretation of land cover classes.

The integrated mapping results are now prepared for delivery to FDA in digital formats as well as printed maps. The figures below are showing the Landsat Image mosaic from 2014/2015 and the Land Cover and Forest Map. The results will now undergo internal validation by the consultants followed by a training workshop in Monrovia (preliminary in January 2016) and will later be independently validated in Liberia.

A presentation of the project and the results was made by FDA at the Conference on Rethinking Liberia’s Forests, 6-7 October, Monrovia.

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  1. Raymond Sumo says

    This is an excellent information on Liberia’s Forestry resources. One area of attention would be forest inventory of forest species. We need to preserve the most important forest species and introduce more silvilcutural practices that would make Liberian Forest sustainable to support the Liberian Economy. An excellent website and I will continue to visit this site for updates on Liberian Forestry. Thanks for the hard work!

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