Screenshot of MörGIS system showing forest planning data in Finland

MörGIS system, Finland

MörGIS system is a critical and central tool for OTSO Forest Services, a private Finnish company operating and servicing to forest land owners, municipalities and other private or governmental authorities. MörGIS is used daily by around 400 users to manage over ten business processes, majority of these being automated in the GIS system to cover all forest management activities to help to serve OTSO Forest Service's customers in an efficient and modern way. The GIS system is fully autonomous and hence it can be carried along by the user (an OTSO expert) to do field work on-site.

Screenshot of Silvia GIS system showing forest data from Finland

Silvia, Finland

Silvia is a central GIS system for Metsähallitus for forestry and silvicultural operations, e.g. logging and forest road network maintenance planning. Metsähallitus manages commercial forests as multiple-use forests in which special emphasis is put on recreational use parallel to timber production.

Two kids fishing on a lake

Vesinetti, Finland

Vesinetti is an online platform, where research and monitoring information on lakes, rivers and coastal areas is exchanged between officials and water management networks of actors. Uploaded data can be used to generate HTML pages with the option to share a link, therefore enabling the use of the service for the general public interested about the topic. The project, which is implemented within the framework of the EU LIFE program, is based on extensive cooperation. More than 70 scientists and experts as well as local operators have been participating in the cooperation under the guidance of the Finnish Environment Institute.

Three pupils looking at a computer screen in class

PaikkaOppi, Finland

PaikkaOppi is a web-based learning environment designed to support geography, geographic information and environmental research education at primary and secondary schools. This learning environment offers diverse tools, data and tasks for teaching the basics of geographic information and studying environment (vicinity) by utilizing GIS methodology. The system allows pupils to acquire geographic information layers from different sources over standard interfaces and to prepare statistical and thematic maps. Besides pupils can digitize and add some their own objects, attachments and comments into the database, share the contents for wider audience, and to publish prepared work books.

Screenshot of Untamo tools for safety analysis of spent nuclear fuel in Olkiluoto

Safety Case for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel at Olkiluoto, Finland

Untamo Tools toolbox implements models for predicting likely outcomes of processes that drive changes in categories such as the terrain, surface and underground water bodies, sedimentation, vegetation, and human habitats, to name a few. Multiple scenarios can be defined to address uncertainties in long-term development paths, such as changes in the climate or human impact on the biosphere. Together, full automation and reliable auditing are the keys to carrying out assessment simulations successfully, traceably, and in a quality-controlled manner.

Screenshot of Metsäsoppi web service showing map and forest stand data

Metsäsoppi, Finland

Metsäsoppi was a web service, which enabled controlling forest management plans of the UPM contract customers. The service platform contained various geographic information layers, interfaces to UPM’s forest information system and diverse reporting features, which allowed presenting information about forests and service use statistics. The user could automatically print out forest management plans including thematic maps in pdf-format from the selected forest properties and stands. Metsäsoppi allowed making notes for forest taxation and print out tax return forms filled by the system. The system also allowed electronic submission of the forest tax clearance with OpenID Connect- and Katso-identification directly to the tax authority system in Finland.

Finnish birch forest

LiDAR based forest inventories for Finnish forest sector, Finland

Arbonaut has successfully conducted management level forest inventories covering more than 5 million hectares in Finland for the needs of public and private institutions including the Finnish Forest Center, Metsähallitus, UPM and Tornator. Assignments included field data sample design and collection, automatic stand delineation and estimation of forest attributes on stand and grid level based on LiDAR data and aerial imagery.

Mangrove forest in Ghana

Assistance for the forest preservation programme, Ghana

Arbonaut developed forest inventory methodology for the Forest Preservation Programme in Ghana. The Forest Preservation Programme, funded by the Japanese Government and receiving technical assistance from Pasco Corporation and coordinated by the Forestry Commission of Ghana, focused on land use and forest resource baseline mapping, GIS-based forest inventory system development, carbon stock assessment and capacity building. The LAMP approach was applied to estimate carbon from all the five carbon pools following the IPCC guidelines. These carbon pools include aboveground, belowground, deadwood, litter and soil, over a sub-national pilot area of 1.7 million hectares. ArboWebForest serves as one module of the inventory system. The assessment provides emission factors by forest types and the results have already contributed to the most recent Global Forest Resource Assessment (FRA 2015) and development of the forest reference emission levels of Ghana.

A truck transporting raw material for bioenergy production in India

BEST - Sustainable bioenergy solutions for tomorrow, India

Funding from TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) Arbonaut developed a waste biomass potential map for the selected states based on a state-level land use map for five land use types and quantified uncertainty in relation to spatial distribution. In addition, a more detailed land use classification was developed for six smaller pilot areas, where the best available land use methodologies were studied and developed. The selected states were Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The total pilot area was larger than 730 000 km².

Green forest in Senegal

Piloting REDD+ Monitoring and Non-Wood Forest Product Value Chains to Mitigate Green House Gas Emissions in the Rural Communities of Bandafassi, Senegal

The project, funded by the Nordic Development Fund trough the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF), aims to support local entrepreneurship and reduce deforestation by introducing Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) as an alternative for agricultural production as the main livelihood in the rural community of Bandafassi. The underlying objective is to limit the impact of degradation factors on Niokolo Koba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ensure the regulation of the flows of major rivers Niger, Senegal and Gambia. Bandafassi consists of 33 villages and 2,300 households. A REDD+ MRV methodology and system is developed and piloted in the project.

MRV Senegal

A group of experts in forest in Cambodia

Biomass Monitoring And Harvest Planning System For Sustainable Supply Of Renewable Energy, Energy and Environment Partnership Programme (EEP), Mekong, Cambodia.

Technologies introduced in the EEP project comprises of efficient charcoal kilns and assessment of the annual allowable biomass harvest integrating low cost, readily available mobile data collection and modern cloud computing tools. Both technologies actively engage the communities – with community-based forest monitoring and community-managed charcoal production centres – and also technology transfer to MIME and the Forestry Administration (FA), so new solutions can be easily and directly replicated to other forest management agents and charcoal producing communities outside the project communities.

Screenshot of FORMIS mobile solution for forest inventory data entry

FORMIS Mobile Solution for Forest Inventory Data Entry

Vietnam, Directorate of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Fund from Ministry of foreign Affairs, Finland

FORMIS supports MARD in sector-wide forest governance and management through developing a modern information system from central to local level, in order to provide accurate information for decision making for forestry sector at all levels. The project works at national level and in three target provinces: Thanh Hoá, Thua Thiên Hué, and Quang Ninh.

A group of people attending a ArboLiDAR training in forest

Training on GIS and remote sensing applications with integrated LiDAR data and ground-based inventories for forest biomass mapping, Tanzania

A 2-week training was conducted together with local trainers at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) premises in Morogoro, with the support of Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation Programme (NORAD). Arbonaut delivered lectures, demonstrations and practicals by three instructors about processing and integrating LiDAR data for forest biomass assessment following the ArboLiDAR process.

Forest in Terai Arc Nepal

LiDAR-Assisted Multisource Programme (LAMP) services for TERAI ARC LANDSCAPE, Nepal

The target of this project was to produce a high-resolution (LiDAR) based carbon stock map for 2.3 million hectares of landscape and establish a reference scenario for sub-national forest carbon project development. Arbonaut was managing LiDAR data acquisition, sampling design and calculating carbon stock for above- and belowground biomass. The success of this project allowed Nepal to access to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.

Landscape of tropical forest in Tanzania

Consultancy on national carbon monitoring center, Tanzania

The consultancy contract between Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway and Arbonaut was made concerning consultancy on National Carbon Monitoring Centre in Tanzania. A team of 7 consultants was assigned to review existing initiatives, to carry out stakeholder consultation and to prepare a Programme Document for the establishment of a National Carbon Monitoring Centre for Tanzania.

Expert giving consultancy on forest resource assessment project in Nepal

Consultancy on forest resource assessment project, Nepal

Arbonaut has provided consultancy to support Indufor Ltd in the framework of the FRA Nepal Project. Assignments included several services regarding the development of a LiDAR Team, planning and organising research activities and pilot studies to develop new methodologies, and also supervision and participation in processing, interpreting and use of Airborne Laser Scanning Data.

Deforested landscape from Ethiopia

Study of causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Ethiopia, Ethiopia

Arbonaut was working in an international consortium targeting the identification and prioritization of strategic options to address the causes of deforestation and forest degradation in Ethiopia. Assessment of the magnitude and impact of identified underlying causes and drivers of deforestation in the four regions of interest, spatial analysis of the LULC, assessment of the potential for increased carbon removal through reforestation and afforestation of previously degraded lands, future scenarios and strategic options to address the identified present and future causes of deforestation and forest degradation and for increased carbon removals, and a roadmap for the finalization of the national REDD+ Strategy and Synthesis of the project were some of the activities implemented.

Two men measuring field plots for LiDAR-based forest inventory in Russia

LiDAR based forest inventories adaptation, Russia

Arbonaut, in collaboration with the Perm State University and Center for Space Technologies, has been working for the adaptation of LiDAR-based forest inventory methods to fit the requirements of the Russian legislation and needs of the industry. Further Russian partners will conduct forest inventories, using ArboLiDAR tools and with the support of Arbonaut specialists.

LiDAR point cloud data from Swedish forest

LiDAR based forest inventories for Swedish industry, Sweden

Arbonaut has worked as a subcontractor for COWI to produce forest inventories for the largest pulp and paper companies in Sweden. COWI's trained inventory team is using ArboLiDAR tools to provide their customers with high quality inventories with the help of Arbonaut's user support.

Computer screen with Jahtipaikat GIS service for hunters

Jahtipaikat – GIS for hunters and game management, Finland

Jahtipaikat – hunting places in Finnish – is a pay web service including an online store, which was implemented for Metsämonex Oy. With the service, hunting clubs can manage their members' data, save and edit hunting leases as a hunting form for each property, as well as print out the necessary maps and reports. The purpose of the service was to support the club secretary in office, yacht master planning and hunters during a hunt.

The user could keep the due date of a book by adding and editing items such as hunting stand locations, meeting points or even game cameras location. There was also a mobile-optimized version of the service, which could take advantage of GPS functionalities to follow the hunt.

Arbonaut's team together with local experts in Ugandan forest

Preparation of REDD+ Strategy, Uganda

Arbonaut, together with the IUCN-Uganda, contributed to Uganda’s REDD+ Readiness Process by developing the Uganda’s National REDD+ Strategy for REDD+ Implementation. Arbonaut also developed the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) and Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for Uganda’s National REDD+ Program.

During the project, potential strategic options were identified and assessed to meet the international guidance and national safeguards. The assessment was compiled into a REDD+ Strategy Options Paper, which was utilized for full and effective consultation and for the preparation of the REDD+ Strategy and a Costed Action Plan. The Strategy was launched in November 2017 during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

Virtual Forest 2.0 – Virtuaalimetsä 2.0

Arbonaut collaborates with Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Tapio Silva Oy to further develop Virtual Forest -tool for forest data 3D-visualization. Accessing raw material and planning the utilization of natural resources and the land-use requires new digital tools. There is a need to develop digital products and services for activating forest owners and for guaranteeing prerequisites for operations of forest livelihood.

Virtual forest is a new innovative tool that enables forest data 3D-visualisation and combines forest data with spatial data. Virtual Forest is currently in use in forestry education, but could be utilized also for land use planning, forestry and in timber procurement. During the Virtual Forest 2.0 -project Arbonaut will produce simulated maps that enable realistic visualization of forests. These maps include for example the properties of forest illustrated at the individual tree level, terrain shape based on accurate digital terrain model and forest visibility analysis.

Virtual Forest 2.0 -project is led by the Lapland University of Applied Sciences and financed by the European Regional Development Fund. More information can be found from the European Union EURA2014 -portal.

Fire protection crew in REDD+ pilot project in Guyana

Design and Implementation of REDD+ Pilot Activities, Guyana

Donor: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF)/ World Bank

Arbonaut, in partnership with FCG International Ltd, supported REDD+ Guyana to prioritize, design and implement three REDD+ pilot projects in consultation with stakeholders, consistent with the REDD+ Strategy and SESA for Guyana:
  1. Support to Implementation of Village Improvement Plans;
  2. Fire Protection Plans and Suppression of Fire; and
  3. Development of Alternative Income Projects for Forest Dependent Communities.

A Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system is included in the design and implementation of each project.

Two people discussing in the field in Rwanda

User-Friendly and Customized District Forest Management Plans (DFMP) Database, Rwanda

Donor: Enabel - Belgian Development Agency

Arbonaut, together with partner KartECO, assisted Rwanda Forestry Authority (RFA) in the development of a user-friendly and customized DFMP system for collecting and managing stand level forest resource and forest management planning data.

The DFMP system supports the central (RFA) and district level officers to easily design, implement, monitor, and update district forest management plans for each district of Rwanda. The system includes a centralized database, web application, mobile application for field work and reporting functionalities. The mobile application includes functionalities for collecting data on sample plots, and it can be used in offline mode too.

VNFOREST experts working on computers during FORMIS II project

Improving the Forest Resource Monitoring System (FRMS) under FORMIS II, Vietnam

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

The purpose of “Development of Management Information System for Forestry Sector – Phase II” (FORMIS II) project was to develop a fully integrated Management Information System (MIS) for sustainable management of forest resources and in this way contribute to the alleviation of poverty in the socio-economic development framework of Vietnam.

Arbonaut finalized and improved one of the key systems of FORMIS, namely Forest Resource Monitoring System (FRMS), to Vietnam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST). The FRMS was deployed to all districts to store and keep stand level forest resource data up-to-date and to monitor forest cover changes nationwide.

Arbonaut's experts with Department of Forest and Park Services personnel in Bhutan

Spatially-enabled knowledge base and Decision Support System (SDSS), Bhutan

Donor: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) / World Bank

Arbonaut and Green e-Solutions (sub-consultant) assisted the Department of Forest and Park Services, Bhutan (DoFPS) in the development of a Spatially-enabled knowledge base and Decision Support System (SDSS).

The SDSS is a Web-GIS based system to facilitate informed, unbiased and expeditious decisions on forest clearance. The system comprises of a nationwide spatial database, portal and a decision support tool kit built from open source products. The SDSS provides GIS analysis and appraisal of forestry clearance project proposal and delivers result of analysis, based on a set criteria and rules, within few minutes to support decision making in issuing forestry clearance.

Arbonaut's team together with local experts in forest in Uganda

Preparation of Safeguards Information System(SIS) for REDD+ implementation, Uganda

Arbonaut contributed to Uganda’s REDD+ Readiness Process by developing the Safeguards Information System(SIS) for REDD+ implementation. During the project, Uganda’s REDD Strategy implementation approach was further reviewed, showing how to practically roll out REDD+ across the country and how the overall approach to the ER Programs was to be conceptualised by the country.

In the same project Arbonaut also developed the Process Framework, Indigenous Peoples Planning Framework and Resettlement Policy Framework for Uganda’s National REDD+ Program. The SESA report and ESMF were also reviewed.  As Addendum to the project Arbonaut team developed Safeguards Instruments (PF and ESMF) for the Forests and Resilient Landscapes Project of Uganda.

Screenshot of forest cover loss platform of National Forest Authority in Uganda

Consultancy Services to Develop an Innovative Data Visualization and Sharing Platform on Forest Cover Loss

Donor: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Arbonaut has implemented a data visualization and sharing platform to monitor forest cover changes for the National Forest Authority in Uganda. The aim of the project was to harness new technology and to collect forest related information in one location, making it easy to share data with various stakeholders and to forecast future trends.

The developed platform contains the latest map layers showing the rate of land use change and forest cover loss on a selected pilot region in Uganda. The platform harmonizes the different data sources and facilitates decision making for effective forest management and prevention of deforestation and forest degradation.

Read more about the project from UNDP Uganda’s website:

Screenshot of ditch maintenance map layers from Finland

Nationwide drainage management database

Arbonaut developed a five-level system for project sustainability assessment in drainage management for Metsähallitus Forestry Ltd. in Finland. The organization has to take into account economical, ecological and social factors when assessing the sustainability of its forestry practices and operations. Multiple factors (groundwater, drainage, forest fertility, relics, ecological and conservation areas, etc.) were used as input layers and included in the analysis, producing data that aids customers’ decision-making regarding ditch maintenance operations.

In addition to analysing the risk factors, the provided analysis aids in identifying where the water level in the soil is close to the surface, and hence drainage management most urgently needed. Arbonaut analyzed the ditch depths for Metsähallitus Forestry, so that the areas that are in the most urgent need of maintenance could be identified resource efficiently. The ditch depth evaluation was done based on the digitized ditch lines and LiDAR data collected by the National Land Survey of Finland. The analysis was done in 8-meter intervals and presented with a three-level system, which helps in quick visual assessment of shallow ditch lines.

New Methods for Environmental Monitoring (Pro Quality Data)

New Methods for Environmental Monitoring (Pro Quality Data)

Arbonaut developed an operational system for assessing water quality in Finnish lakes and coastal waters, for the Data Fusion Project of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). The system is used both for real-time monitoring of the water quality, as well as for redoing analyses of past events, such, as algal blooms. The implementation of the project included specification of the system, development of the system components for data download, harmonization, fusion and post-processing, and training of the client’s staff and customers for operation and maintenance. As a result, the data fusion system allows SYKE to estimate variables related to water quality proactively, automatically, and in real-time.

Read more about the project:

Forest-trafficability maps

Forest-trafficability maps

Seasonal fluctuations in wood harvesting volumes cause remarkable costs to the forestry industry. Limited terrain trafficability and non-existing information about the harvesting conditions are major obstacles in planning the wood procurement more effectively. Together with Metsäteho, its stakeholders, and the Finnish Forest Center, Arbonaut has been developing forest trafficability maps since 2014. The trafficability maps, which our team has been producing, provide information on soil load bearing capacity and enable better recognition of logging sites suitable for year-around wood harvesting. The maps ensure less damage to soil and the remaining trees, less unnecessary transfers of forest machinery, and the effective planning of logging operations in a timely manner.

Briefly, the method represents a static model that predicts forest trafficability, risk based on soil type, wetness, drainage conditions, and the effect of vegetation. The analysis is done utilizing airborne laser scanning data and a topographic database provided as free data by the National Land Survey of Finland. Predicted trafficability classes are presented as suitable harvesting seasons for a site, a classification the end users are familiar with. The method can be applied in other countries where input data for analysis is available.

Developing the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) in Nigeria

Developing the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) in Nigeria

Arbonaut signed a contract with the Nigerian Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (NFCPF) REDD+ Programme, Federal Ministry of Environment to lead a project aiming at the operationalization of the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) in Nigeria. Together with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation as a sub-consultant, Arbonaut is assisting Nigeria in development of the Standard Operating Procedures and supports technical teams in testing the NFMS implementation. The project is financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of The World Bank.

Analyzing hydrological connectivity using airborne laser scanning – the HYTKY project

Analyzing hydrological connectivity using airborne laser scanning – the HYTKY project

Arbonaut, in collaboration with TAPIO, Natural Resources Institute of Finland LUKE, and the Finnish Forest Centre is participating a project, which will contribute to the implementation of sustainable drainage management practices in Finland. HYTKY aims to optimize the carbon sinks on peatlands, considering carbon balance on soil and trees, particularly with the precise planning of drainage. The project is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Carbon Climate Action package for 2020.

With the gathered laser scanning data and Arbonaut’s patented ditch analysis method, our team produces the estimation of ditch conditions in test areas of the project. Ditch depth results, along with other additional input data will be integrated into a SUSI simulation model, produced by LUKE to predict various effects of ground water level in forest growth and carbon balance from soil. Subsequently, Arbonaut’s project management platform ProMS will host spatial data from the test areas with background data.

A solution for wildland and wildland-urban interface fire management in Portugal

A solution for wildland and wildland-urban interface fire management in Portugal

Arbonaut closely worked with ForestWISE and the Portuguese government to develop a solution for wildland and wildland-urban interface fire management. The project was implemented in Pombal, PF Monsanto, Mafra, Serras da Lousa, PN Sintra Cascais, VPA, and Proenca-Oleiros areas of interest covering the total of 45,165 ha of land. Arbonaut’s team carried out mapping of vegetation and conditions for wildfire management with LiDAR and other remote sensing data.

Processed by our team, fuel and topographic data can be easily accessed by the customer through ProMS, our Project Management Platform, which helps to make timely decisions for fire prevention and suppression. The solution also provides valuable information on fuel conditions around infrastructures (roads, houses, and other buildings), i.e. defensive perimeter, fuel statistics within certain perimeter, classification of infrastructures according to the risk, and so forth.

Supporting Protected Area Management in Cambodia

Supporting Protected Area Management in Cambodia

Our team is developing the Cambodia Environmental Management Information System (CEMIS) platform to serve as a Decision Support System (DSS) by assessing conservation priorities, zoning of the protected areas, and allocation of land for environmental management purposes in Cambodia. The platform will encompass the existing data and other applications to be integrated into the CEMIS platform. The project will be finalized with training for the Department of GIS under the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia so that its staff will become well-versed users of the CEMIS platform.

The project is supported by the UNDP and implemented in collaboration between Arbonaut and partners: GIS laboratory for a Management Information System from UNDP, USAID Greening Prey Lang, SERVIR-Mekong Geospatial Tools, and Services Development in Cambodia of USAID, and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). In addition, the CEMIS is a part of The World Bank’s 'Cambodia Sustainable Landscape and Ecotourism project’ (CSLEP).

Forest ecosystem inventory solution for Jokkmokk Allmänning, Sweden

Forest ecosystem inventory solution for Jokkmokk Allmänning, Sweden

Arbonaut and MW Group's subsidiary MW Forest Sense have started the development of a unique forest ecosystem inventory solution for Jokkmokk Allmänning in Sweden. Modern LiDAR sensors provide us with a detailed digital twin of the forest ecosystem. The project covers three main aspects of building a path to digitalization: timber inventory made on crown polygon level, environmental analysis of the biodiversity and ecological values, and analysis of the operating conditions, which allows doing an extensive part of logging planning work in the office. This project is showing the benefits of digital forestry by providing Jokkmokk Allmänning with highly accurate data to make ecologically and economically sound decisions on forest management.

Building Resilience and Climate Adaptive Planning in Urban Centers of Nepal

Building Resilience and Climate Adaptive Planning in Urban Centers of Nepal

In 2016, Arbonaut was awarded the project “Building Resilience and Climate Adaptive Planning in Urban Centers of Nepal”. The project was designed to build urban resilience and support climate-adaptive planning in Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City (NSMC) and Birendranagar Municipality of the Mid-Western Region of Nepal. The project helped to increase resilience to climate extremes and disasters, such as drought, flood, inundation, and landslide. Marginalised, vulnerable and poor groups of the society were the focus in this project, as well as engagement of women in entrepreneurial activities, i.e., mushroom farming, clothes, and cloth bags production.

The project was funded with a Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) grant financed by Nordic Development Fund (NDF). With the support from the local partners Oxfam in Nepal and Clean Energy Nepal, Arbonaut was a Lead Nordic partner and successfully conducted Vulnerability Assessment for Nepalgunj Sub Metropolitan City using GIS data and visualized the assessment in interactive maps at ProMS platform. The fundings aimed at supporting the long-term strategic planning of flood control in the cities.

Biomass Pellet industry: a clean energy solution for Nepal

Biomass Pellet industry: a clean energy solution for Nepal

Arbonaut is a lead Nordic partner in the project “Biomass Pellet industry: a clean energy solution for Nepal” aiming to provide affordable, renewable energy and create employment, well-being, and revenue opportunities for the local communities in the Sarlahi and Mahottari districts. Funded with the Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) grant financed by Nordic Development Fund (NDF), the project is being conducted with the local partner Bakas Renewable Energy. To replace coal and firewood in small industries and households in Nepal and to reduce greenhouse emissions, the sustainable production of biomass wood pellets on an annual basis will be implemented.

After collecting the LiDAR data of the Sagarnath Forest of Nepal, Arbonaut’s team proceeded to produce up-to-date biomass maps and statistics of trees and shrubs from the collected data. In addition, the forest fire risk assessment of the Sagarnath forest was also implemented by our experts. The work is still ongoing.

Digitalization of the monitoring of forest legislation

Digitalization of the monitoring of forest legislation

Digitalization of the field inspection process calls for new methods and technologies. In collaboration between Arbonaut and CareliaForest Consulting Oy, the project for the Finnish Forest Center focuses on drones for collecting and analyzing forest inventory data in small forest areas. This project involved 600 stands with an average of 2 hectares each.

High resolution RGB aerial images collected with drone are used to produce photogrammetric point cloud and ortho mosaic. Area delineation, harvesting tracks and possible other interesting objects (snags, fallen dead trees) are detected using visual interpretation.

Building Food Security Through Agro-Met Innovative Advisory Services (AMIAS), Climate Innovation Challenge

Developing the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) in Nigeria

Arbonaut signed a contract with the Nigerian Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (NFCPF) REDD+ Programme, Federal Ministry of Environment to lead a project aiming at the operationalization of the National Forest Monitoring System (NFMS) in Nigeria. Together with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation as a sub-consultant, Arbonaut is assisting Nigeria in development of the Standard Operating Procedures and supports technical teams in testing the NFMS implementation. The project is financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of The World Bank.

Koala - Application for assigning and postprocessing sample plots

Koala - Application for assigning and postprocessing sample plots

Arbonaut developed a custom-built application for the Finnish Forest Centre called Koala (Finnish ‘koeala’, English ‘a sample plot’). Koala is a QGIS-based application designed for planning field plot measurement campaigns, data post-processing, and quality control of remote sensing-based forest inventory. Koala is part of a renewed forest resource information system used by the Finnish Forest Centre in daily operations. It supports them in the achievement of an ambitious target to annually collect the data for 22 inventory areas with 200 000 ha of forest per area. Arbonaut is also responsible for the system maintenance, starting in May 2022.

Forest Monitoring and Evaluation System (FMES), Rwanda

Forest Monitoring and Evaluation System (FMES), Rwanda

Donor: Enabel - Belgian Development Agency

Arbonaut, together with partner KartECO, assisted Rwanda Forestry Authority (RFA) in the development of a Forest Monitoring and Evaluation System (FMES). The main purpose of the system is to provide national and district level information on the key forestry sector indicators of Rwanda, to the RFA and stakeholders.

The FMES system was integrated into the newly developed District Forest Management Plans (DFMP) system, and it includes functionalities for collecting, calculating and reporting the indicator data. The system is web-based, and it is fully based on open source components.