Two days training on use of Open Street Map (OSM) for mapping potential plantation sites in Bhutan is being conducted at Damphu,Tsirang. Around 35 participants from various field divisions (Divisional Forest Offices, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries), Green Bhutan Corporation Limited (GBCL) and SFED are attending the training. Mr. Arun Rai and Mr. Dawa Zangpo from FRMD are imparting the training on use of OSM to the participants. Upon completion of desktop mapping of potential plantation sites, it will be followed by field validation for production of final potential plantation site at national scale.
OSM is an open platform for collecting the geospatial data using high resolution satellite images. Often OSM is referred as “Wikipedia for geospatial data”. It is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. OSM was founded by Steve Coast in 2004.
After two days OSM training, participants will continue discussion on revision of Norms and Standard for Nursery and Plantation 2016 and development of guidelines for plantation monitoring and evaluation for next three days.
The training is being organized by SFED through REDD+ project fund.