Land use and deforestation mapping using satellite data products in Peru and Côte d’Ivoire
Vivid Economics was awarded funding from the UK Space Agency for a large scale study to develop land-use mapping and economic valuation tools that support planning and implementation of land-use interventions in Peru and Côte D’Ivoire.
These tools are aimed at increasing rural economic growth while achieving conservation improvements; and to increase the sustainability of, and producer participation in global supply chains. Vivid has utilised a suite of remote sensing techniques to deliver highly accurate rural land use classification, including optical and radar technologies.
These techniques have been used, for instance, to differentiate between crop types and types of rural settlement, which are important for identifying particular areas that are at heightened risk of future deforestation. To effectively support policymakers, Vivid utilises its deep experience in economic modelling to integrate remotely sensed data into a spatially explicit policy tools. This includes identifying areas most at risk of deforestation to support the design of zoning rules and regulations, along with the prioritisation of areas for planned investments.
In addition, Vivid has focused on quantifying the social value of land use services by combining land use inventories with natural capital valuation frameworks. This provides policymakers with the information to make management and investment decisions that clearly consider the social costs and benefits of alternative decisions.