Satellite Based GIS Mapping of Major Forests of Punjab for REDD+ Readiness

GIS Lab has been established under Chief Minister Initiative in Punjab Forest Department. In Phase-I the GIS base mapping of six plantations were completed and cover an area of 7300 acre. District wise land cover atlas of Punjab was prepared using Landsat imagery for forest cover assesment. Forest area book (2012-13) with respect to forest type and legal status was prepared for the first time. Imparted GIS training to 500 Officers and officials of the Department. During current year Forest Type atlas consisting of area and location of forests has been prepared. Moreover training of the trainers to 96 persons has been imparted regarding GIS and GPS. Basic forest data as well as revenue record of 34 forest divisions is being collected and compiled.Resultentely the management, conservation and protection of forests has improved. GIS base mapping of seven major irrigated and seven riverain forest over an area of 61799 acres and fixation of 1880 boundary pillars along boundaries of various forests in D.G. Khan, Rawalpindi circle and Bhakkar Range Managemnet Division are in progress, beside procurement of  satellite imageries, IT equipments like Laptops,Desktop systems,Scanners and high accuracy GPS devices  to strengthen the forest GIS Lab. An area of 160804 acre will be tackled in future for mapping. The period of this activity is 2013-14 to 2015-16