The original version of this document is located at at https://docs.qfield.org/success-stories/lulc-mapping-fiji
By Kevin Davies, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney
Communities in Fiji rely on landscape resources for agricultural and forestry-related activities. Accurate mapping and monitoring patterns of land use and land cover (LULC) over time at an appropriate scale is important for informing landscape management, policies, and climate-smart sustainable development.
Fiji's Ministry of Forestry is collaboratively developing an approach with the Universities of Sydney (USYD), Western Australia (UWA) and the South Pacific (USP) to produce an inter-annual LULC map using Sentinel-2 satellite data, and freely available geospatial tools. QFIeld is being used for collecting ground truth data in the landscape for training and validation of the LULC map.
An example of a preliminary land cover map is shown in Figure 3. An important objective from our work is to transfer skills and build capacity with local stakeholders to continue to update the LULC map on an annual basis as well as to expand the map to include other communities, catchments and forestry areas across Fiji. This capacity building will include iterative stakeholder consultation, online training materials, field and classroom training workshops, and collaborative fieldwork.
We would like to thank the field team from the Fiji Ministry of Forestry especially Viliame Tupua and Renata Varea (USP). The project was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR; ASEM/2016/101).