Amazon Tribes Are Excited to Use Drones to Detect Illegal Deforestation in Brazilian Rainforest #drone #droneday
Illegal logging and deforestation can be hard to track down. Often people will only discover the activity after the fact. While this has a impact on the environment, globally, the immedieate effects are felt by the indigenous tribes. Now these tribes are being armed with drones to help document the devastation.
The WWF teamed up with the Kaninde Ethno-Environmental Defense Association, a civil-society made up of biologists, foresters, cartographers, anthropologists, specialists in healthcare and information technology, and journalists to run a drone-operating course for five separate Indigenous tribes including the Uru Eu Wau Wau, who reside in the state of Rondonia in western Brazil.
With the drones, tribes have been able to create high-resolution images, video, and GPS coordinates of logging sites, Brazil nut tree stands—a valuable sources of income—and prime habitat for vulnerable species like the harpy eagle, the largest in the accipitridae family, and a bird that’s sacred to the Uru Eu Wau Wau.
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