The much awaited forest concession Atlas which identifies forest cover loss due to various practices has been launched by the National Forest Supervisory and Wildlife Resources Service (OSINFOR). This Atlas provides a tool to assess and therefore plan prevention of misuse of the natural forest. OSINFOR is the national body responsible for supervising and monitoring the sustainable use and conservation of forest resources and wildlife.
The Atlas will eventually identify areas prone to erosion and loss of biodiversity and will help identify forest loss from shifting cultivation, the biggest risk to tropical forests in the country.
The Atlas contains recommendations on the design and implementation of a geographic information system for the management and presentation of information gathered. It also illustrates a conceptual model and the application of the proposed Geographic Information System using GIS analysis software ArcGIS 10.0.P