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Премия рунета 2017

KEDR forest monitoring system to be enhanced by drones

17 october 2017
WWF Russia together with M.Video company and Business Youth entrepreneur community implement the joint innovative project on integration of drones into KEDR forest monitoring system.

The unique KEDR forest monitoring system complemented by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will enable forestry management agencies to carry out efficient monitoring and to detect illegal logging operations and forest fires in the broadleaved-Korean pine forests in the Russian Far East.

WWF experts and developers of KEDR system already received the first set of equipment. The main task is to design a software to automatically program drone flights to the areas of potential illegal logging reported by KEDR system. The forest rapid response team of Khabarovsky province carried out field tests proving that drones can be an effective assistance in forest protection and monitoring.

 

“Before drones became available, the forest rangers had to cover impassible forest areas to check the information about violations in the forest. Now, checking of forest poaching can be air delivered saving the time. The drone is recording video and photo material that can be used in investigation process as evidential base in case of detection of illegal logging, - comments Dmitry Sychikov, head of sustainable forestry unit at WWF Russia Amur branch.
Drones in action
Dmitry Sychikov / WWF Russia
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