East West Management Institute’s Open Development Initiative (EWMI-ODI) supports an online open data/open information project to track development trends from country to regional level. In partnership, ADPC and EWMI-ODI are collaborating to; share data, including the exploration of linked open data as an eventual objective both within ODI and SERVIR-Mekong Datahubs and Geoportals; promote international metadata standards and protocols and creative commons licenses for data sharing by other technical groups; translate technical and scientific information into knowledge products, on jointly agreed priority topics, that are accessible and engaging to the public; and, building the capacity of partners to analyze and interpret scientific and technical data for public consumption.
IRRI aims to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability of rice farming. In partnership, ADPC and IRRI are collaborating and sharing expertise and data for:
Remote Sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging economies (RIICE): reduce vulnerability of rice smallholder farmers in South and South East Asian countries by applying remote sensing and crop modeling technology to monitor rice area, yield and production.
The Philippines Rice Information System (PRISM): develop a monitoring and information system for rice production in the Philippines by using remote-sensing data, crop models, and in-field crop surveys.
SERVIR-Mekong: equip decision makers in the lower Mekong region to apply the latest geospatial information and tools to respond to natural disasters, improve food security, manage water and natural resources, and boost economic growth while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to climate change.
Unlike floods, some of which provide benefits to the Mekong Basin’s agriculture and ecosystems, drought only brings socio-economic hardship, especially to the basin's riverine communities. Yields of rice and other crops decline as water for irrigation becomes limited and saltwater intrudes further upstream. Annual fish catches decline. River levels fall, making transport of goods and services at some parts of the river difficult or impossible.
The MRC’s Drought Management Programme (DMP) assists the Lower Mekong Region countries by preparing vulnerable communities for increasingly frequent and severe drought events through monitoring, analysis and implementation of regional drought adaptation and mitigation strategies."
Facilitated by the Asian Development Bank as an integral part of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program, the Core Environment Program seeks to create a region where economic growth and environmental protection are approached in parallel, and in a way that benefits all who live there. It brings together the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) to work towards this ambitious goal through the mainstreaming of environmental and biodiversity protection.
SilvaCarbon is an interagency technical cooperation program of the United States Government (USG) to enhance the capacity of selected tropical countries to measure, monitor, and manage forest and terrestrial carbon, and more accurately estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from changes in land use, forest cover, and forest degradation. SilvaCarbon helps advance Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and other climate change mitigation and development initiatives by working with technical teams at government agencies in partner countries to design and implement credible landscape monitoring systems and GHG inventories that feed into international reporting frameworks such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) is a national technical service center of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA Forest Service). The mission of RSAC is to provide the Forest Service with the knowledge, tools, and technical services required to use remote sensing data to meet the agency’s stewardship responsibilities. A structured program of work creating science-based information that supports the assessment and monitoring of natural resources is accomplished through the following program areas:
Remote Sensing Evaluation, Application & Training – evaluates new remote sensing technologies and integrates promising ones into Forest Service business functions.
Rapid Disturbance Assessment & Services – provides tactical and strategic support in response to disturbance events including fire, wind events, and natural disasters.
Resource Mapping, Inventory & Monitoring – provides operational remote sensing support and analysis to meet interagency programmatic assessment and monitoring needs.
Enterprise Data & Services – coordinates with Forest Service Central Imagery Office to provide enterprise remote sensing technology and data.