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Drones play a major role in the Amazon conservation efforts
For years now, the Amazon has faced threats of deforestation and fires, where most of the fires are started illegally. Keeping the forest intact is not only imperative for the local and regional ecosystem but also for the World. Protecting the Amazon against these illicit activities is difficult due to the vastness of the territory. As a result, drones have become the front lines of defense for the Amazon.
Why should the World care about protecting the Amazon Rainforest?Many of the conservation efforts are led by non-profit groups and indigenous communities. And what they discovered is the multiple benefits that come from using drones to monitor the lands.
The illegal fires are mainly for clearing space for vegetation crops, farming and cattle ranching. Drones are able to track the extent of the threat just by flying over and providing visual evidence.
Why should the World care about protecting the Amazon Rainforest?
The harm of deforestation and fires to the Amazon impacts the World.
The rainforest absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The gas along with the other greenhouse gases trap heat from the sun, allowing the planet to be habitable. An excess of these gases in the atmosphere causes more heat to be trapped and increases the earth’s temperature.
The fires release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. And even though the crops that are replacing the rainforest absorb carbon dioxide, the crops only absorb a fraction of what the rainforest absorbs.
Moreover, the Amazon rainforest brings rainfall which stops South America from becoming hotter, drier and effectively
Communities use drones to collect high-resolution images, video and GPS mapping data. These accurate data points are used as evidence when reporting illegal activities. This information can also be submitted in the court as evidence for the illegal activity. Eventually, the goal is to use the drones to alert state authorities of the forest damages quickly and easily.
Drones are also used to raise awareness of problems that the Amazon encounters. Because let’s face it, measuring the entirety of the damage on foot is difficult, and the sight from above is much more impactful. By using drones and other technical support, indigenous communities are able to provide information they need to led discussions, make decisions and influence public policy. Drones helps others understand the overall extent of the damage, provide evidence and deliver hard facts.
As result, the drones have made a significant impact in monitoring the rainforest. The monitoring by the communities have led to a reduction of deforestation; however, there is still much more work to be done to conserve the Amazon rainforest.
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