On 20 January 2021, over 20 people representing project partners in Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the leading executing agency, Chinese Academy of Forestry, met online to review project progress.
Led by an independent consultant, meeting participants reviewed project documents and held discussions with project stakeholders. Overall, project performance was rated positively by evaluators. Most project activities have made sound progress, including forest coverage mapping, development of a model for forest carbon estimation and annual forest change detection. Capacity building activities were successfully conducted in the early stages of the project, including two training workshops in China (Yunnan and Guangxi) and one online workshop.
Some activities, such as field surveys and scholar exchange among research institutes, were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was suggested that the project team make appropriate adjustments to the work plan based on current progress and develop alternative plans for activities that may be affected by the pandemic.