Over the past 40 years, Paraguay has lost the majority of its natural forest cover, thus becoming one of the countries with the highest deforestation rates in the world. Uninterrupted deforestation practices in the Paraguayan Chaco between 1987 and 2012 resulted in the loss of 27% of its original cover, accounting for almost 44,000 km2 of forested areas depleted. The rapid expansion of the agricultural frontier, cattle ranching, and illegal logging has converted the last forest remnants into isolated patches, thus endangering their continuity and biodiversity within them. In response to these events, the Paraguayan government has implemented numerous environmental programs and regulations to amend the damage that had happened in the past.
The overall goal of the project “Geo-ForPy“ is to contribute with improved forest cover / change information for the Paraguayan Chaco region by implementing innovative methods based on remote sensing technologies and close international cooperation. These data and analyses would serve as a key component for policy and management design, forest monitoring, and Paraguay’s scientific database enhancement.
The GeoForPy consortium led by DLR comprises the Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Asuncion (FIUNA), the Faculty of Agrarian Sciences (FCA), the Forest National Institute (INFONA), Paraguay’s Secretariat of the Environment (MADES) and WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Paraguay. GeoForPY is a research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) under the International sustainable forest management research program.