The customised ArcGIS toolbox developed at UNEP-WCMC for REDD+ multiple benefits analyses (the Exploring Multiple Benefits Mapping Toolbox) has recently been updated for ArcGIS 10.0 and 10.1. Versions of the toolbox are now available for ArcGIS 9.3.1, 10.0, and 10.1. It provides both novice and experienced GIS users with a series of raster analysis tools to help identify, map and understand the spatial relationship between ecosystem carbon stocks, other ecosystem services, biodiversity, land-use and pressures on natural resources. The resolution of the analysis is defined by the user. The toolbox is flexible, providing a set of tools that can be used interchangeably whilst using a consistent and efficient methodology that will decrease the time required to undertake such analyses. In the latest versions of the toolbox for ArcGIS 10.0 and 10.1, a set of additional tools focusing on water-related ecosystem services has been added.
A manual is available to accompany the toolbox, which provides guidance and technical detail to support analyses undertaken. An updated version of the manual is currently being developed to accompany the updates in the toolbox and is expected to be released shortly. Competent GIS users can use this manual along with the annexes to undertake spatial analysis for REDD+ planning and to support the creation of maps and statistical outputs, assuming that the necessary software and data are available.
It has been developed through work funded by both the UN-REDD Programme and the German Environment Ministry (BMUB) through its Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
Download toolbox (for ArcGIS version 9.3.1)
Download toolbox (for ArcGIS version 10.0)
Download toolbox (for ArcGIS version 10.1)
Download manual (Version 1) Identifying and mapping the biodiversity and ecosystem-based multiple benefits of REDD+: A step by step guide. Nb. Version 2 to be released shortly.
For those GIS Users without access to ArcGIS this manual is still relevant. Open-source GIS software can be used to undertake spatial analysis of datasets of relevance to multiple benefits and environmental safeguards for REDD+. Open-source software is released under a license that allows software to be freely used, modified, and shared (http://opensource.org/licenses). Therefore, using open source software has great potential in building sustainable capacity and critical mass of experts with limited financial resources. A number of training materials to aid users of open-source GIS software have been produced under the UN-REDD Programme:
- Open Source GIS Tutorial 1: Creating an open foris live USB
- Open Source GIS Tutorial 2: Introduction to QGIS
- Open Source GIS Tutorial 3: Georeferencing Scanned Images Using QGIS