Remote Sensing and GIS
The Conservation Research, Mapping and Systems Development (CRMSD) Unit is an initiative of WWF-Philippines to employ geographic information solutions, as well as related information management systems, primarily intended to assist projects and key partners meet their respective goals in environmental conservation and management.
To date, the unit incorporates non-spatial and spatial-related solutions into various applications ranging from climate change adaptation, land cover mapping, coastal resource mapping, Environmental Sensitivity Index mapping, or temporal change analysis of forested areas.
Within the bounds of its research and systems development scope, the unit continually works to ensure its knowledge on methods, techniques and processes are at par with current advances and innovations in the field; and thus be able to provide efficient and effective service to the different projects, as well as the organization as a whole.
Operating for almost 12 years, various data sets have been developed by the unit throughout the years. Some of the data produced are available for download but only for scientific, conservation and educational purposes only. Proper citations are required. Any modifications to the original data by the users should be stated.
Amongst the significant outcomes is the distribution of 18,000 fruit-tree seedlings to local stakeholders as part of a broader reforestation programme. A five-year initiative (2010-2015) now focuses on three components: watershed rehabilitation, stakeholder planning for watershed management and equitable payments for watershed services. The project is in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and focuses on building a platform to preserve the services provided by the Abuan watershed to benefit industries, irrigation farmers, water districts, recreationists, eco-tourists, mini-hydro projects and other stakeholders.
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Conservation Maps and Resources Information System (CMARIS)
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