Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Monitoring the status of forests through Geographic Information Systems - a Pilot project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology leverages the capacity of geographical data to address social, economic, business, and environmental issues at local, regional, national, and global scales.
The World Resources Institute has recently published on its website an interactive map viewer featuring data on roads, logging and mining concessions, protected areas and detailed forest change in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This pilot project is extremely interesting as it represent a new way to promote worldwide  public awareness on problems of preservation and sustainable development of the environment in developing countries.

Above you can see a small map with the main information on the status and exploitation of forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the World Resources Institute you can visit the interactive map, developed in collaboration with ESRI, which provides more comprehensive information.

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