With support from the Forest Foundation Philippines and the Académie de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur, the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) shares its updated land cover assessment for the province of Isabela using the recent advances in remote sensing and mapping technology. This will serve as a benchmark data for future research and development engagements in the province.

One of the primary objectives of this recent update is to produce high quality maps and GIS data that can be used by stakeholders in their resource management and planning initiatives. Thus the data and maps are developed to be readily accessible to stakeholders through an online GIS data sharing portal where authorized users can browse and download the data. The following pages below serves as a supplementary material for the webinar that highlights the findings of the project and implications for Isabela’s natural resources management in the time of changing landscapes and intesifying climate related disasters.

About ESSC

The Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) is a Jesuit research institute with a 20-year history of engagement in local, national and regional research and dialogue that contribute to an understanding and sustainability of community-based environmental management through the development of a “science for social change”.

ESSC’s approach to environmental mapping makes significant contribution to building people’s capacities to collectively manage and plan towards an improvement of their way of life through a more responsive management of the environment.

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