Observatoire Satellital des Forêts d'Afrique Centrale
OSFAC was created following a meeting in Libreville in 2000 which brought together representatives of forestry and mapping agencies from across Central Africa. It has been created as a regional forum to address obstacles such as difficulties associated with data acquisition, lack of permanent training institutions and limited capacity to apply satellite information. OSFAC was launched as the GOFC-GOLD (Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics) network for Central Africa under the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS). Its primary objective is to support the management of natural resources and promote sustainable development by producing reliable land cover products, distributing satellite data, building capacity and providing technical assistance to implementing partners.