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A GOFC Central Africa regional workshop was held February 22-24 in Libreville, Gabon. The workshop was cosponsored by EEC- TREES, NASA-START, and USAID-CARPE (Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment), with the technical support of ADIE (Agence pour le Developpement de l'Information Environnementale) in Gabon. A total of 50 people attended from national forest and mapping services (Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic), international organisations (EU-JRC, NASA, FAO.), donors, NGOs and private companies with an interest in forest monitoring.

The key objectives of the meeting were to present the GOFC concept to organisations, institutions and individuals in the region concerned with operational forest inventory and monitoring, identify existing activities in the region, critical information needs, institutions able to contribute to GOFC activities, and GOFC pilot projects which would generate an interest within the individual countries and advance the goal of developing operational forest monitoring. As part of this process, the workshop served to develop recommendations to CEOS partners on user-requirements for data and information resources. During the meeting, the participants democratically adopted a French acronym, OSFAC (Observatoire Satellital de la Foret d'Mrique Centrale) as the name for the GOFC network in Central Africa.

Although the Central African region contains the second largest area of tropical forest in the world, it lacks reliable and updated information on the state and changes being made to forest cover Three requirements for forest monitoring were identified at the meeting: sustainable forest resource management, biodiversity conservation and carbon issues associated with international conventions. Fire monitoring was identified as an important issue for the forest-savannah transition zones.

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Authors: MAYAUX P, DG Research;JUSTICE C, DG Research;LUMBUENAMO R (EDITORS), DG Research
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19585 FR 26pp, Euro: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
ISBN: ISBN Not available
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