Madagascar | Workshop on land use, February 28, 2018

A remote sensing workshop was held on February 28, 2018 in the Centre National de Recherche sur l’Environnement (CNRE – National Centre for Environmental Research) in Tananarive as part of the Madagascar GeoDEV.

The aim of the workshop, which was organised and facilitated by CNRE, was to bring together the geomatician community that uses space-based observation products to discuss land use and remote sensing cartography.

The half-day programme consisted of five presentations followed by debates among the forty or so satellite imagery users who took part in the workshop:

  1. “Remote sensing: a tool for implementing regional planning” by Tolojanahary ANDRIAMITANTSOA, director of the Observatoire de l’Aménagement du Territoire (OAT);
  2. Malagasy land use mapping for better soil knowledge” by the Radioisotope Laboratory at the University of Tananarive;
  3. “Using remote sensing and GIS for risk and disaster management” by Sitraka RANOELIARIVAO, CERVO – BNGRC;
  4. “Modelling the concept of land based on accessibility in woodlands: the example of the Maningory watershed” by Jimmy Andrianina RAKOTOVAO, ESSA-Forêts;
  5. “Land use as seen by Sentinel 2” by L. ULVE, CNREIRD.

The outcomes of the workshop focused on :

  • The importance of remote sensing tools for regional planning;
  • The crucial role of geomatics in implementing and managing risk prevention plans;
  • The need for space data and training in remote sensing tools and techniques;
  • The need to have data catalogues, remote sensing products and documents available locally (images, maps, legal documents, plans, etc.);
  • The importance of sharing and synergy between actors for promoting skills and tools.

This workshop was designed to be the first in a series. The next sessions will explore the theme of land use (typology and nomenclatures, and sharing reference systems). The theme of the subsequent workshops will be decided on jointly by the community or at the behest of one of the participants. The purpose of the cycle is to arrange regular sessions within the community of Earth observation users.

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