Tree Mapping Inventory to Enhance Urban Forestry Management

Photo: Chris Morgan, World Bank

Working with University Students

Photo: Chris Morgan, World Bank

Project Result and Way Forward

The project has helped to create a scalable model that allows us to understand the canopy of the city, enhance urban forestry management and provide the government with quantifiable data to issue cutting permits. We have developed a method using only mobile phones and tape measures that generates data with 0% to 20% error difference from that obtained with clinometers (albeit without calibration using laser rangefinders).

  • A more targeted management of tree cutting permits
  • Identification of tree desert areas
  • Mitigation of heat islands
  • More effective planting and tending of urban trees
  • A greener, more aesthetically pleasing city.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
OpenMap Development Tanzania

OpenMap Development Tanzania


Using Open Data, Open Source, and maps to solve different socio-economic challenges.