Thailand first in Southeast Asia on forest carbon measuring

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BANGKOK, June 7 – Thailand will be the first country in Southeast Asia to launch a project on measuring carbon in forests, according to the National Resources and Environment Ministry.

Ministry permanent secretary Chote Trachu said the Treemaps Project, supported by the World Wildlife Fund and the German government, involves a survey of carbon storage capability of forests in Thailand.

The purpose is to work on a national carbon plan by using LIDAR remote sensing technology measuring distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analysing the reflected light.

The survey will boost Thailand’s carbon credibility internationally, he said, adding that the project will start with a survey at Dong Phaya Yen-Khao Yai forests and expand nationwide until 2015.

Many countries are paying attention to accurately and precisely measuring carbon in forests to comply with agreements under the UN framework convention on climate change.