Integration of geospatial technology and sustainable indicators in monitoring environmental resources: Special emphasis on forest environment
The 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) had set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in order to create a new global development. It was decided at Rio+20 conferences that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be integrated which will encompass all dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. In order to achieve the goals, different sustainable indicators which act as a management tool helps to develop implementation and monitoring strategies for achieving the sustainable development goals. In this paper an attempt is made to integrate the potentiality of geospatial technologies and environmental indicators in achieving the environment related MDGs with special focus on forest environment. The geospatial technology is used in forest cover mapping, forest biomass estimation and forest change detection using the spatio-temporal satellite images. The study will be helpful for the decision makers in monitoring the environmental resources for sustainable development.
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