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Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea - Atlas Forestal Interactivo de la Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial (Version 1.0)

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The synthesis document of the Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea (V1.0) gives an overview of the forest sector in Equatorial Guinea through 2013. It starts with a discussion of forest legislation and follows with information about land use allocation and land cover types in the National Forest Reserve through July 2013. Among other purposes, the Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea can be used to identify priority areas for monitoring field trips, to prevent and resolve land use conflicts, to support land use planning, and ultimately, to foster better management.

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Este documento de síntesis del Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial ofrece una visión general del sector forestal en el país hasta el año 2013. El documento comienza con una discusión de la legislación forestal y incluye información sobre la asignación de tierras y diferente tipos de cobertura de tierra dentro de la Reserva Forestal Nacional hasta Julio de 2013. El Atlas Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial puede ser utilizado para varias finalidades, incluso para evitar o resolver conflictos de uso del suelo, apoyar planificación de uso de la tierra, identificar áreas para hacer el monitoreo en el campo, y sobre todo, para fomentar una mejor gestión forestal.

Key Findings

Summary

Forests are the life blood of Equatorial Guinea, covering about 98 percent of the total national land area and providing service and sustenance to hundreds of thousands of Equatoguineans. But despite forests’ critical role the country until recently lacked a comprehensive information system to actually monitor and sustainably manage these ecosystems.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) of Equatorial Guinea in partnership with WRI recently released the Interactive Forest Atlas of Equatorial Guinea Version 1.0 (Forest Atlas). The Forest Atlas is a living information system combining the use of remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and ground-truthing to monitor and manage Equatorial Guinea’s forests. Through a combination of interactive mapping applications, data visualizations, analytical reports, training, and outreach, the Forest Atlas provides users with access to timely, accurate and harmonized information on the state of Equatorial Guinea’s forests. The Forest Atlas displays the major official forest land use categories – forest concessions, protected areas, community forests, etc. – on one platform—including where these uses overlap.

The publication of this first version of the Interactive Forest Atlas is an important step in ensuring access to information and coordination within the forest sector. With a more complete picture of the Equatorial Guinean’s forest sector, the government and other decision-makers can ultimately foster better management. While obstacles still exist to the sustainable management of its forests, Equatorial Guinea has set a solid foundation through the development and publication of this Forest Atlas.

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