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Drones and satellite imaging to make forest protection pay

13 December 2018

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Every year 7 million hectares of forest are cut down, chipping away at the 485 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) stored in trees around the world, but low-cost drones and new satellite imaging could soon protect these carbon stocks and help developing countries get paid for protecting their trees.

‘If you can measure the biomass you can measure the carbon and get a number which has value for a country,' said Pedro Freire da Silva, a satellite and flight system expert at Deimos Engenharia, a Portuguese technology company.

Source: European Commission

Image credit: lubasi, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 - Better tracking of forest data will make the climate change reporting process easier for countries who want compensation for protecting their carbon stock.

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