The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) and the Directorate General of Forests (DGF) signed an agreement on June 18, 2020, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR). The agreement was signed in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister Delegate in charge of Saharan Agriculture and Mountains, and the Minister Delegate in charge of Saharan Environment.
This agreement provides for cooperation between the two institutions on the measurement of indicators for monitoring the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal number 15 (SDG-15): “Preserve and restore terrestrial ecosystems”.
The SDGs is the program of the United Nations for 2030, adopted by the states in 2015, aiming in particular at the elimination of poverty and the protection of the planet on sociological, ecological, and economic grounds.
The collaboration between ASAL and DGF aims to develop integrated approaches to the themes concerned and analyse indicators relating to SDG-15, based on the use of data and satellite images, allowing in particular:
- The implementation of a methodology for the measurement and monitoring of indicators;
- The implementation of protocols for collecting, analysing data and verifying information;
- Characterisation and analysis of results.
The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the information day organised by the MADR on the occasion of the celebration of the international day to combat desertification and drought.
Mr Bouhlala Amine, a Senior Researcher at the Center for Space Techniques (CTS/ASAL), presented a paper entitled: “Contribution of ASAL to monitoring and estimation of the indicator ODD-15.3 .1, measuring land degradation neutrality (NDT) using Remote Sensing tools”.
This presentation focused on the methodological approach implemented taking into account the specificities of Algeria, and the results obtained, illustrated by a degradation map, is based on the calculation of the three following sub-indicators:
- The change in land productivity corresponding to the organic production capacity of land in Algeria for at least ten years;
- Assessment of land cover changes in Algeria and determination of the classes of change (degradation, improvement and stability);
- Soil Organic Carbon Stock (SOC), reference estimate derived from in-situ measurements.
It should be noted that the estimation of the “SOC” sub-indicator requires the collaboration of the DGF and other national institutions, to increase the number of samples and improve the precision of the measurements on-site. The results obtained augur well for the continuation of the efforts that remain to be made, aiming to achieve the objectives set in the specific agreement binding the DGF to ASAL.