IPB University Supported Data-driven Land Use Change Monitoring

JULY 4,2021

To support research on land cover monitoring based on digital technology, IPB University together with LAPAN and Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) held Workshop and Training on Land Cover Monitoring based on EcoSystem Devegetation Data on 15 - 16 June 2021.

This activity was part of UNDP SPOI initiatives to provide an effective and efficient land cover monitoring system. This session was also a continuation of the public consultation held in Pelalawan, last December 2020.

Additionally, this activity served as a knowledge sharing medium in using EcoSystem and Ina-Alert from line ministries and agencies. It was aimed to stocktaking the requirements and data quality for future planning, monitoring, and controlling land cover in the agriculture, forestry, and other sectors.

According to Dr. Ernan Rustiadi, who is also the Head of LPPM IPB University, IPB with the support of UNDP has produced applicative research products in form of the WebGIS EcoSystem and the INA-Alert android application. WebGIS EcoSystem is a method and procedure that can monitor land cover. This system is supported by the INA-Alert android-based application which helps validate and verify the data displayed by WebGIS.

"The existence of WebGIS and its applications in one platform were expected to help relevant parties in the planning and overseeing of agriculture, forestry and other land cover sectors at the national and local government levels," said this IPB University Professor from the Department of Soil Science and Land Resources.

In addition to showing the results of research on the EcoSystem application owned by IPB, this activity also showcased other monitoring platform such as PLATYPUS - a digital platform developed by the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN).

The two above platform complement SIMONTANA (National Forest Monitoring System) developed by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF). The MoEF platform is supported by LAPAN as the image data provider and Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) as the base map provider.

The data available in SIMONTANA has been used in land forest inventories, greenhouse gas inventories, forestry baseline adjustments, spatial planning and critical land monitoring, development of forest and oil palm moratorium, and social forestry development.

When linked to the palm oil sector, the platform developed by IPB will be very useful for monitoring oil palm land cover data. This is based on the need for the Directorate General of Plantations to determine the location of oil palm replanting programme and the necessity to know information on palm oil in forest areas.

The EcoSystem platform can be accessed on https://lulcc.ipb.ac.id/home. Some of the webGIS features on the page include Forest Cover Change, Commodity Distribution, and a Devegetation Alert System which are very relevant to the needs of monitoring oil palm commodities.

In the closing remarks, Prof. Lilik Budi Prasetyo, one of the IPB's remote sensing experts, said that the EcoSystem data had been published scientifically. However, there needs to be accountability, data legality, and trusteeship by the data guardian if it is to be used legally. Further training still needs to be continued to explore more about the utilization of data on the EcoSystem platform.