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Airbus and partners launch ‘Starling’ satellite service

22 June 2017

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Airbus, together with non-profit organisation The Forest Trust (TFT) and radar satellite imagery expert SarVision, have launched Starling, an innovative satellite service enabling companies to demonstrate how they are implementing their ‘No Deforestation' commitments. The commercial launch follows a successful six-month pilot phase in Ferrero and Nestlé's palm oil supply chains, during which Starling has underlined its ability for unbiased monitoring of large areas on a regular basis while detecting and identifying forest cover changes with utmost accuracy. A webinar will be hosted on 29 June to show how Starling is supporting the genuine transformation of the palm oil industry by using an advanced combination of optical and radar satellite technology.

Over the past year, the number of companies making commitments to cut deforestation in their operations has risen by 22 percent to 4471. Until now, verifying progress of these commitments has been challenging, with brands and producers relying on ground-based checks by auditing firms which are ultimately limited in the amount of land they can cover and how they can monitor change. With commercial agriculture for palm, soy, cattle, timber and pulp responsible for at least two-thirds of global tropical deforestation2, companies making forestry conservation pledges have been asking for a reliable verification tool to prove their commitments are working.

Source: Airbus Defence and Space

Image credit: Spot-6 (2017) Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved

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