On November 15th, Regional Forest Observations for Sustainable Forest Management (RFO) project held a virtual meeting on project progress. Project implementation units from six countries and regions, including Cambodia Nature Conservation and Protection Administration, National University of Laos, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Royal Forest Department of Thailand, Vietnam Forest Resources and Ecology Center, and Southwest Forestry University, participated in the meeting. Project leader Li Zengyuan, researcher from Research Institute of Forest Resource Information Techniques, and the other core project researchers attended the virtual meeting at the Institute.
At the meeting, Project implementation units respectively reported the current research content and the progress. The leading unit reported the research progress of 2021 and discussed the issues and concerns raised by all units. All the project implementation units overcome the impact of COVID-19. At present, the production of forest cover products in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Malaysia in 2017 has been completed. At the same time, the driving factors of forest change during 2005-2017 have been analyzed in combination with national forestry policies and actual conditions. In the next stage, the project will further evaluate the quality of forest cover products and validate forest change products during 2015-2020 in the typical experimental area in detail. All units will continue to strengthen the exchange of technical methods and product analysis to ensure the high-quality completion of project tasks.
RFO project is an international cooperation project and its execution period is from July 2018 to December 2021. RFO project is launched and funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) and implemented by Research Institute of Forest Resource Information Techniques of CAF. Project cooperation units includes economies from the Greater Mekong Subregion as well as research organizations and govern department from Malaysia. The latter half of the project implementation was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. All project units have been maintaining close cooperation and communication through online approaches. The mid-term project evaluations was successfully completed in January this year. The current focus is to strengthen the verification, analysis and promotion training of forest cover products to ensure the completion of the project with high quality.（Meng Shili/Research Institute of Forest Resource Information Techniques）