September 04, 2016

Satellite-based Earth observations provide a transparent, repeatable, and cost-effective method for global monitoring of natural resources. These observations are critical to inform conservation management and provide valuable input to policy tools such as the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, and other climate change and sustainable development conventions. This conservation campus will provide an overview of satellite remote sensing for conservation decision-makers and provide specific applications and hands-on demonstrations of how to use Earth observations to inform conservation policy and management.

Agenda Cite This Training


The workshop introduced participants to the application of remote sensing to a variety of IUCN supported conservation initiatives and international climate change agreements. Participants worked through a series of self-paced, hands-on, step-by-step exercises based on readily available web tools. The objective of this workshop was to build capacity for decision and policy makers in order to:

  • Understand the basics of satellite remote sensing and its application to the conservation of biodiversity, natural resource management, and ecosystem services 
  • Become familiar with open and freely available webtools used for Earth observations that can contribute to conservation objectives

This course was designed for a broad audience, including resource managers and policy makers that are interested in learning the basic concepts of remote sensing and apply them directly to conservation goals.

Who We Are and Why Remote Sensing?

An introduction to the campus, trainers, and participants, the objectives of the Campus, and brief examples of how practitioners use remote sensing for conservation. 

Introduction to Remote Sensing

Key concepts and fundamentals of remote sensing and how remote sensing data products can be applied to aid IUCN supported conservation initiatives.

Remote Sensing for Conservation and Biodiversity

Presentations for:

In support of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem (IPBES), Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) Key Biodiversity Areas, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Aichi Targets.

Presentations for:

In support of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Protected Planet (World Database on Protected Areas) with UNEP-WCMC, IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, REDD+, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Remote Sensing Tools and Data Exploration Exercises

Land Management and Ecosystem Based Tools:

Species, Biodiversity, and Habitat Based Tools:

Feedback and Wrap-up

Linkages between tools covered in training and broader IUCN initiatives and closing up the training. 

Reference Materials