Final data collection for Project Design Document

Project staff in Australia and Timor Leste have been busy collecting data for the Project Design Document over the last few months. Project manager, Alex Sarmento in Dili reports on the following activities;

Completion of baseline data collection for 43 degraded sites and 5 pastures sites 

Five field staff in Soibada and Laclubar undertook baseline data collection for 43 degraded sites in and around planting sites of Laclubar and Soibada. In addition, they also gathered biomass data from 5 sites classified as pasture or potential agriculture land. The sites were randomly selected from satellite data and were provided to the field team. The sites were identified through GPS coordinates pre-selected by Jorge Ramos, the project’s forest expert based in Australia.

Signing of land ownership declaration by each farmer

140 farmers (150 locations) in Soibada and Laclubar signed the land ownership declaration forms. The forms were endorsed and approved by local authorities and their neighbours testified to the declarations. This is to ensure that there is no potential land ownership conflict particularly in the sites where trees are planted for carbon sequestration. In cases where farmers plant trees but do not own the land, the farmers then signed a different form as an agreement between land owners and tree planting farmers.

Survival counting of trees by each farmer

Each farmer has completed a template table of how many trees have survived according to species and year planted. The data is submitted to the project team for desk review which include checks and verification against the old data base of the previous tree survival counting. If it exceeds the number of trees planted the area will be subject to verification by the project team.  In addition, the project team will randomly select 10% of all sites in each Suco for full counting of trees on selected sites to verify the veracity and accuracy of farmers’ survival counting. The allowable count discrepancy between farmers and field team for a given site will be +/- 5%. If the discrepancy is outside this range then the farmer will have to re-count trees together with the field team and a cash payment should be made to the common fund by the party causing the error (i.e. farmer and / or project administration).

Completion of GPS maps for the 19 old sites and 46 new sites 

There are 46 new site plantings in 2019. All of them have been mapped with GPS. In addition there are 19 previously planted sites that were mapped by the field team.

 

Author: redpandabhutan

I am Project Leader for Darwin Initiative funded project on "Sustainable rangeland management to protect red pandas and herder livelihoods in Bhutan"

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