Peru’s Brazil nut harvesters learn to monitor forests with drones

Peru’s Brazil nut harvesters learn to monitor forests with drones

Flor Rumayna and Sara Hurtado arrived in Lima this past August from their homes in the Amazon headwaters to learn more about aerial monitoring of forests. They’d been researching new technologies for several months to help them protect their forest concessions in Madre de Dios Peru, a region in the southeast of the country facing increasing levels of deforestation. Small commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, help landowners remotely monitor forests and capture high-resolution images of human activity below. Image courtesy of Conservación Amazónica – ACCA. They have already learned of several tools to help them manage their lands, including georeferenced alerts of possible deforestation events that arrive directly to their cell phones and techniques to monitor their lands from above using small commercial unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. “I have always believed that technology can help us take care of our concessions,” Hurtado told Mongabay-Latam, “because, as they are large tracts of land, we face the danger of squatters and illegal loggers entering.” She currently manages two Brazil nut concessions in Madre de Dios, totaling almost 1,500 hectares (3,707 acres) of forest. Flor Rumayna and Sara Hurtado have learned to pilot drones to monitor the forest cover in their concessions in Madre de Dios. Image by Yvette Sierra Praeli/Mongabay-Latam. Rumayna recently received her diploma as a certified drone pilot, which will enable her to more efficiently monitor the illegal activities that damage the forest in her ecotourism concession. “Technology helps us with our work,” Rumayna said. “Before, when I heard a machine, I…

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