Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory and Algeria’s General Directorate of Forests for mapping 50 Ramsar Sites in Algeria: Example of a SWOS National Service Case

The General Directorate of Forests (DGF) of Algeria, in partnership with the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO), organised a 5-day workshop (17 to 21 April 2016 in Jijel, Algeria) to produce thematic maps on Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) and Surface Water Dynamics (SWD) for 50 Algerian Ramsar Sites, using the GlobWetland-II (GW-II) mapping approach that is currently under further improvements in the frame of the SWOS project. These maps are derived from Landsat 8 satellite images covering the year 2015, and the nomenclature used for the land use classification is a hybrid typology that combines the CORINE Land Cover classes with the Ramsar Classification System of Wetland Type.

This work comes as a result of the willingness to strengthen the collaboration between the MWO and the DGF in the field of the conservation and monitoring of wetlands in Algeria, particularly in relation with the Ramsar listed sites. The objective is, among other things, to provide updated information on wetland habitats, which will update the site descriptions in the Ramsar Information Sheets (RIS). In addition, the maps and databases produced during this work, and those that were created in the framework of the GW-II project (2010-2015), will serve as references for the development of a new Atlas of Algerian Ramsar Sites, which will also include a retrospective analysis of the evolution of LULC indicators (developed by MWO) between 1975 and 2015.

Expected results:

  • Finalisation of all maps for the 50 Ramsar Sites (for 1975, 1990, 2005 and 2015);
  • Development of a database on the LULC evolution for all 50 Ramsar Sites between 1975, 1990, 2005 and 2015;
  • Database analysis and a edition of a new Atlas of Algerian Ramsar Sites with a retrospective analysis of LULC dynamics.

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