Drones Deployed in Sierra Leone Reforestation Challenge
by DRONELIFE Workers Author Ian M. Crosby
A Sierra Leone-based pilot mission is about to make the most of drone-based distant sensing and information administration applied sciences for the verification and monitoring of reforestation applications.
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Sierra Leone has misplaced over 30% of its tree cowl since 2000, and has little in methods of funds with which to create new forests. At COP26, the Authorities of Sierra Leone dedicated to planting 25 million bushes by 2030 over 960,000 HA.
“Our problem in Sierra Leone is mitigating the already extreme impression of local weather change, and not using a technique of protecting the prices. It’s an equation which means we have to pioneer expertise that may sequester carbon in ways in which entry finance,” stated Atmosphere Minister Foday Jaward.
In collaboration with the Authorities of Sierra Leone, not-for-profit group Crown Brokers and drone specialist UAVaid are partnering with UK Assist’s Frontier Applied sciences program to look at potential use circumstances for expertise that may encourage confidence from buyers within the community-based forest carbon market.
The pilot mission will happen in north-eastern Sierra Leone, the place the staff has partnered with native conservation and neighborhood growth group Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (TCS). The mission will make the most of new programmatic and technological approaches to assist sustainable reforestation, put native communities accountable for the replanted forests, and leverage superior drone expertise for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). Every particular person planted tree will probably be geo-tagged and monitored by lengthy vary drones, leading to a remotely accessible verification mechanism. This mechanism will assuage uncertainties surrounding investments in rural Africa, the place visibility may be troublesome resulting from rare and costly monitoring.
“Confronted with a fragmented carbon-offset market, it is a transformative expertise that may give us unprecedented entry to the success of reforestation efforts over time. Whereas use of distant sensing to find out land use just isn’t new, the power to trace the standing of particular person bushes will present extra correct information to quantify the anticipated quantity of carbon captured. It’ll present stakeholders and buyers with actual time reporting on successes, fee benchmarks, and required operations and upkeep to maintain forest well being,” stated Habiba Wurie, Nation Director for Crown Brokers in Sierra Leone.
“We see the combination of specialized drone expertise and information fusion offering an answer to the challenges of reforestation verification and monitoring, with the potential to unlock massive scale funding in replanting initiatives,” stated UAVaid co-founder Daniel Ronen. “In partnering with UKAid, Crown Brokers and TCS on this ground-breaking initiative, we look ahead to working to ship a mechanism for sustainable funding into areas of rural Africa which can present livelihoods in addition to supporting world net-zero and COP objectives.”
Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he obtained a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in expertise, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.
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