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Geospatial Forestry Platform - GIS - Forestry Site Species Matching Tool - Kenya

Geospatial Forestry Platform provides a planning solution for farm and plantation forestry. The aim is to enable commercial markets to be inclusive and engage with farm and plantation forestry to manage sustainable supplies of timber.

It provides farm and plantation forestry solutions through a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) platform. The package is inclusive of a functional database related to remote sensing, SSMT (Site Species Matching Tool), climate change scenario, road network analysis, carbon monitoring, tree count, forest monitoring and any other tools identified that will add to the value proposition of this package.

Geospatial Forestry Platform provides a planning solution for farm and plantation forestry. The aim is to enable commercial markets to be inclusive and engage with farm and plantation forestry to manage sustainable supplies of timber.

It provides solutions for farm and plantation forestry in a GIS platform. The package is inclusive of a functional database related to remote sensing, SSMT (Site Species Matching Tool), climate change scenario, road network analysis, carbon monitoring, tree count, forest monitoring and any other tools identified that will add to the value proposition of this package.

Free Modules

Explore the GFP Free modules to get access to freely available datasets that give you a baseline overview of your forestry areas. Available data includes near-real-time satellite imagery with basic on-the-fly-analytics; administrative and a wide range of geographic datasets and; downloadable SSMT GeoPDF Maps of select species.

Free Modules

Explore the GFP Free modules to get access to freely available datasets that give you a baseline overview of your forestry areas. Available data includes near-real-time satellite imagery with basic on-the-fly-analytics; administrative and a wide range of geographic datasets and; downloadable SSMT GeoPDF Maps of select species.

SSMT Phones

Site Species Matching Tool Geolocator

An interactive mobile application that gives the user access to a subset of the SSMT data in your area of interest as well as areas near you. From the application the user is able to gather information relating to the suitability of growing certain commercial species in a specific area. The suitability of growing a chosen species is categorised into: Very Suitable, Moderately Suitable and Marginally Suitable.

This application is available for Android and IOS.

Paid Modules

Explore the GFP Paid modules for a more detailed look and analysis over your forestry areas of interest. The modules are individually tailored for your specific needs and include analytics such as satellite-based tree counts, monthly forest health and harvest analysis, forest resource mapping, post-fire analysis and more.

Paid Modules

Explore the GFP Paid modules for a more detailed look and analysis over your forestry areas of interest. The modules are individually tailored for your specific needs and include analytics such as satellite-based tree counts, monthly forest health and harvest analysis, forest resource mapping, post-fire analysis and more.

Our Blog

GFP Launch Review

Nairobi, Kenya – The 15th of November saw the official launch of the Geospatial Forestry Platform take place with key decision makers in the East African forestry industry in attendance to discuss the benefits of a more technological approach to forestry in the area.

WoodBiz Africa – October 2022

We are proudly featured on the cover of WoodBiz Africa's October edition.  Read more about how our platform aims to consolidate geospatial forestry monitoring into an online tool that is used across the board to enhance key decision making at all phases in the timber plantation lifecycle. From planning to planting and ongoing monitoring of plantations across the world. The Geospatial Forestry Platform has been developed by Swift Geospatial, one of the world's leading GIS and remote sensing companies, to actively change the forestry industry through technology. 

NDVI – Normalised Difference Vegetation Index

One of the most useful outputs available in the Geospatial Forestry Platform are the NDVI images that are derived from satellite imagery. But what is NDVI? This abbreviation stands for "Normalised Difference Vegetation Index", and it is a measure of photosynthetic activity in vegetation. Simply put, it is a measure of how well a plant is growing, and we are able to monitor it through high quality satellite imagery.

Examples of site species matching at work

Certain species have characteristics that make them suitable for certain products or uses and are therefore a preferred choice from a commercial perspective. However, if the available sites to plant these species do not have the requirements that provide optimal growth for that species, then it will not perform successfully, leading to potential losses or crop failure. Below are examples of specific species’ characteristics and where they might do well as a commercial crop.

Our Blog

GFP Launch Review

Nairobi, Kenya – The 15th of November saw the official launch of the Geospatial Forestry Platform take place with key decision makers in the East African forestry industry in attendance to discuss the benefits of a more technological approach to forestry in the area.

WoodBiz Africa – October 2022

We are proudly featured on the cover of WoodBiz Africa's October edition.  Read more about how our platform aims to consolidate geospatial forestry monitoring into an online tool that is used across the board to enhance key decision making at all phases in the timber plantation lifecycle. From planning to planting and ongoing monitoring of plantations across the world. The Geospatial Forestry Platform has been developed by Swift Geospatial, one of the world's leading GIS and remote sensing companies, to actively change the forestry industry through technology. 

NDVI – Normalised Difference Vegetation Index

One of the most useful outputs available in the Geospatial Forestry Platform are the NDVI images that are derived from satellite imagery. But what is NDVI? This abbreviation stands for "Normalised Difference Vegetation Index", and it is a measure of photosynthetic activity in vegetation. Simply put, it is a measure of how well a plant is growing, and we are able to monitor it through high quality satellite imagery.

Examples of site species matching at work

Certain species have characteristics that make them suitable for certain products or uses and are therefore a preferred choice from a commercial perspective. However, if the available sites to plant these species do not have the requirements that provide optimal growth for that species, then it will not perform successfully, leading to potential losses or crop failure. Below are examples of specific species’ characteristics and where they might do well as a commercial crop.

Register Online for GFP

Step 1

Register for Geospatial Forestry Platform dashboard and module access online.

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Step 2

You will be contacted shortly with your unique Geospatial Forestry Platform Dashboard login details.

Start your mapping journey

Step 3

View modules and maps online to gain further insight into your forest.

The Team

At Swift Geospatial, we believe technology that helps describe the changes on our planet should be accessible to all professionals and decision makers alike. We strive to bring new solutions to market that deliver on these promises without incurring a cost that will make it inaccessible. Geospatial data should be open and accessible to everyone.

At Swift Geospatial, we believe technology that helps describe the changes on our planet should be accessible to all professionals and decision makers alike. We strive to bring new solutions to market that deliver on these promises without incurring a cost that will make it inaccessible. Geospatial data should be open and accessible to everyone.

Commercial Forestry in East Africa is a key sector to the wider economy, feeding into construction, electrification, packaging, and commodity exports.

It is estimated that forestry contributes to 3.6% of Kenya’s GDP. The sector also supports most productive and service sectors in the country, particularly agriculture, fisheries, livestock, energy, wildlife, water, tourism, recreation, trade and industry that contribute between 33% to 39 % of the country’s GDP.

The sector is a major pillar in Tanzania’s economy accounting for about 4% of Tanzania’s GDP. The transformation of the sector would spur significant “green” job and wealth creation across the region and support the development of upstream manufacturing sectors.

Commercial Forestry in East Africa is a key sector to the wider economy, feeding into construction, electrification, packaging, and commodity exports.

It is estimated that forestry contributes to 3.6% of Kenya’s GDP. The sector also supports most productive and service sectors in the country, particularly agriculture, fisheries, livestock, energy, wildlife, water, tourism, recreation, trade and industry that contribute between 33% to 39 % of the country’s GDP.

The sector is a major pillar in Tanzania’s economy accounting for about 4% of Tanzania’s GDP. The transformation of the sector would spur significant “green” job and wealth creation across the region and support the development of upstream manufacturing sectors.

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