WWF Zambia has announced that it is launching a pilot project focusing on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) also known as drones for environmental monitoring in Zambia. The project is aimed at enabling the Department of National Parks & Wildlife (DNPW) attain aerial superiority for increased efficiency in detecting and responding to poaching and other threats in the country’s protected areas.
WWF Zambia Head of Communications & Marketing, Eneya Phiri said the project was conceived following Government’s produced guidelines on the use of UAVs in June 2016.
“The publication of these guidelines provided an opportunity for the Zambian Conservation sector to take advantage of recent advances in drone technology as cost effective and more efficient tools for surveillance, poaching threat detection and wildlife research applications.” Phiri said.
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