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Drones help to reveal illegal logging sites in Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces

08 february 2019
WWF Russia handed over drones to the Forest Management Agencies of Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces and organized a training workshop for the specialists of forestry industry to operate drones and build flight missions.

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.

Drones help to reveal illegal logging sites in Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia
“New technologies are rapidly expanding to various spheres of our life. Forestry industry is one of them. With the help of drones many tasks of the forestry industry can be resolved. Drones help to inspect remote areas, save time and increase the productive efficiency of forest inspectors and moreover, provide an adequate estimation of the forest condition, - comments Evgeny Lepeshkin, coordinator of sustainable forestry unit at WWF Russia Amur branch. WWF and the Primorsky Agricultural Academy conduct an intense training to introduce new technologies in forest management. The result of this training is the increased number of pilots able to operate drones for the purposes of forest management.

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.

Participants of training, specialists of the Center of Forest Protection of Primorsky province
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia

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.

«The Forest Protection Service considers the use of unmanned aerial vehicles promising both in the study of the state of forests, and in the survey and mapping of large sites, and other topics relevant in forestry. We are grateful to the Primorsky Agricultural Academy and WWF Russia for the invitation to this training. It was very important to talk with colleagues and gain professional experience, for example, on the use of software products developed specifically for the forestry, - comments Ekaterina Lysun, the head of GIS department of the Khabarovsky branch of the Forest Protection Service.
Ekaterina Lysun, the head of GIS department of the Khabarovsky branch of the Forest Protection Service
Daria Chervova / PrimDiscovery

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.   

Drones help to reveal illegal logging sites in Primorsky and Khabarovsky provinces
Daria Chervova / PrimDiscovery

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. 

The drones were handed over to the Primorsky and Khabarovsky Forest Management Departments
Daria Chervova / PrimDiscovery
According to KEDR system data, 48 sites were inspected in Primorsky province on the territory of Roshinsky and Dalnerechensky forest areas in 2018. After analysis, five facts of illegal cut were revealed and criminal cases were initiated. This week, three illegal logging sites were found in Roshchinsky forest area, the materials were handed over to law enforcement agencies to conduct an inspection and initiate a criminal case. Drones are very useful in hard-to-reach areas. They help to significantly improve our work and to get high quality orthophoto plans, – comments Anatoly Titsky, state forest inspector of Primorsky Forestry Department.
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