A multi-purpose National Forest Inventory in Bangladesh: design, operationalisation and key results

Author:- Matieu Henry, Zaheer Iqbal, Kristofer Johnson, Mariam Akhter, Liam Costello, Charles Scott, Rashed Jalal, Md. Akhter Hossain, Nikhil Chakma, Olaf Kuegler, Hossain Mahmood, Rajib Mahamud, Mohammad Raqibul Hasan Siddique, Khaled Misbahuzzaman, Mohammad Main Uddin, Mohammed Al Amin, Farid Uddin Ahmed, Gael Sola, Md. Baktiar Siddiqui, Luca Birigazzi, Mahmudur Rahman, Ilias Animon, Saimunnahar Ritu, Laskar Muqsudur Rahman, Aminul Islam, Heather Hayden, Frida Sidik, Mondal Falgoonee Kumar, Rakibul Hassan Mukul, Hossain Nishad, Ariful Hoque Belal, Asif Reza Anik, Abdul Khaleque, Md. Shaheduzzaman, Syed Shahadat Hossain, Tariq Aziz, Md. Tauhidor Rahaman, Ruhul Mohaiman, Patrick Meyer, Purnata Chakma, A. Z. M. Manzoor Rashid, Sourav Das, Shrabanti Hira, Mohammed Jashimuddin, Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman, Karl Wurster, Sarder Nasir Uddin, Abul Kalam Azad, S. M. Zahirul Islam & Laurent Saint-André
Category:- Book; Year:- 2021
Discipline:- Forestry & Wood Technology Discipline
School:- Life Science School


National forest inventory and forest monitoring systems are more important than ever considering continued global degradation of trees and forests. These systems are especially important in a country like Bangladesh, which is characterised by a large population density, climate change vulnerability and dependence on natural resources. With the aim of supporting the Government’s actions towards sustainable forest management through reliable information, the Bangladesh Forest Inventory (BFI) was designed and implemented through three components: biophysical inventory, socio-economic survey and remote sensing-based land cover mapping. This article documents the approach undertaken by the Forest Department under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to establish the BFI as a multipurpose, efficient, accurate and replicable national forest assessment. The design, operationalization and some key results of the process are presented.

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