LULC basic training: Chart land use and forest cover

15 October 2018

In order to be able to do sustainable forest management, it is important that up-to-date national data is available on land and forest use and cover. Every year SBB produces a map of deforestation and every two years a map of the different types of land use after deforestation (the English abbreviation is LULC: land use and land cover card.) In order to produce good maps, it is important to organizations and institutes that the forest sector and the related sectors in Suriname know well.

Within this process, the SBB has been working for several years to strengthen the national capacity in the use of satellite images and Geological Information Service (GIS). In the first years this was done by hiring foreign experts, who came to Suriname to train SBB personnel and partners of other organizations at the same time. Now the SBB has built up sufficient capacity to provide training itself.

This year, the SBB has planned to train at least 60 technical experts from the ministries, institutes but also the university, private sector and civil society as part of the 2017 LULC card and deforestation card. The SBB organized the first two-day training session at the UCC on the AdeKUS on 26-27 September, and on 11-12 October 2018 there was a second training session for a new group of stakeholders. These trainings took place with support from the REDD + project. The data that is produced together is available via the website:

The land use / land cover map for the year 2015 is also available through Gonini. This map has recently been completed by SBB in close cooperation with various national institutes such as:

  • the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communication;
  • the Ministry ofor Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery;
  • the Ministry of Regional Development;
  • the Ministry of Natural Resources;
  • Geological Mining Department;
  • Grassalco;
  • The National Parliament;
  • Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname ;
  • the National Herbarium;
  • Maritime Authority Suriname;
  • SPASU;
  • Anton de Kom University of Suriname;
  • MI-GLIS and NIMOS.


This card was produced within the Cross Cutting Capacity Development (CCCD) project and the REDD + project, both coordinated by the NIMOS. The national institutes worked together intensively for one year on the map. It forms the basis for national and international reporting and for national land use planning.