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Remote sensing in development cooperation

The MAPME project – Maps for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Use of remote sensing in impact measurement

Remote sensing data can be used in development cooperation projects to provide measurable indicators for impact measurement. The benefits include the extensive availability as well as the existence of archive data that, in some cases, extend back several years.

This allows, for example, deforestation, reforestation and erosion protection measures or the increase in agricultural productivity to be quantified. A key benefit of remote sensing in this context is that free remote sensing systems provide an adequate spatial resolution for a large number of issues (up to 10m) and that freely accessible archive data stretching back several decades are available.

Many applications, web tools and national institutions provide processed information that is potentially relevant for impact measurement. However, these data do not always reflect the defined impact indicators and they can often not be processed without expert knowledge.

This is being tackled by the MAPME (Maps for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation) project. MAPME is an initiative to promote open source in the use of remote sensing and geodata for impact measurement in development cooperation.

More information about MAPME initiative: https://mapme-initiative.org/