Drones help to reveal illegal logging sites in Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces
On 5-8 February at the Forestry Innovation Center of the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy with support of WWF Russia 25 specialists of Primorsky and Khabarovsky Forest Management Agencies have been trained to operate drones and use them to reveal illegal logging sites and check signals received via KEDR satellite forest monitoring system.
It’s important that training was attended by the specialists of the Forest Management Agencies of Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces, the Center of Forest Protection of two provinces, the Primorskaya Airbase and the students of TIS nature protection brigade.
After four days of training participants gained theoretical knowledge and learned to perform practical tasks such as take-off, landing and manual control of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as creating flight missions.
KEDR satellite forest monitoring system designed with support of WWF Russia had been introduced in Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces since 2017. Rapid response teams of forestry agencies use this innovation to reveal the facts of illegal forest use. KEDR system is being regularly improved by various modules. Thanks to the joint project of WWF Russia with M.Video and Business Youth Community of entrepreneurs, there is an opportunity to introduce the automatic planning of drone missions and use UAVs in work of forest inspectors.
This week, the drones purchased with support of M.Video and Business Youth Community of entrepreneurs were handed over to the staff of Primorsky and Khabarovsky Forest Management Departments. This equipment will be used to improve the operation of KEDR system.