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British High Commission highlights Chevening scholar, Edgar Correa

Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 1:24 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the British High Commission in Belize highlighted Chevening Scholar, Edgar Correa.

Chevening is the UK government’s international scholarships and fellowships program. The program is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organizations.

Correa is a Manager of the Geo-Spatial Monitoring Unit and Measuring, Reporting, and Verification Program.

Edgar has been with the Belize Forest Department since 2013. He has been working with Geographical Information Tool since 2007 and has improved this skill and knowledge over time.

Correa holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Belize in Natural Resources Management and has undergone training in leadership, project management, advanced GIS, and remote sensing certification courses.

He has worked and gained experience with several national and international scientists and experts in Forest Management, REDD+, Land use management, and Climate Change. 

Over the past 3 years, Correa has led the development of a robust Activity Data (AD) (Landuse/Landcover) for Belize from 2000-2018 and key author in the development of the Forestry and other land use Green House Gas Inventory, Belize’s Forest Reference Level Report (FRL) and Technical Annex Report (TA), for REDD+ Results-Based payments submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Correa is still leading the collection of Land use (LU) data for 2019,2020, and 2021 for updated information for Belize.

Furthermore, he has used this information for the development of national forest statistics to guide reports such as the Biennial Update Reports, National Communication, Updated National Determined Contribution, Forest Department Strategy, Forest Resource Assessments, REDD+ Strategy, National Restoration Strategy, and much more.

He has built the capacity of over 30 technical experts in Belize in the use of the Collect Earth Desktop tool and the development of their Forest Monitoring System, using Geospatial and remote sensing skills. Therefore, Correa has been a lead expert in the development and implementation of Belize’s National Forest Monitoring System.

Correa will now be pursuing an MSc in Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management, in the United Kindom at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

This new opportunity will allow him to further contribute to Belize’s National Forest Monitoring System and other related sectors.


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