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Drones for Justice: Rainforest Conservation and Protection by Local Communities in Borneo, IndonesiaTayan, Kabupaten Sanggau, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, Jan 27 to Feb 28 This expedition aims on mapping rainforest with an extraordinary high biodiversity. The remote area is subject to anthropogenic disturbances large scale logging, mining and oil palm plantations. Indonesian spatial planning process actually gives locals a chance to influence spatial plans. The key is the locals need to provide maps proving that the forest are still exist and they need to provide that the forest is conserved and protected through the customary system sustainably. The locals need to obtain the status of “customary forest” in order to protect the remaining forest. Conventional participatory mapping might take months in remote areas, using drones is way more efficient and more accurate. Scientifically, UAVs as a method to conduct participatory mapping and to monitor land-use-changes provides a promising methods and arena for further research. Technically, very-high resolution geo-referenced map will be developed through methods of using UAV to take aerial images of the forest, then developed into maps and legal documents for the local communities. Educationally, training in mapping forest using UAVs Communities, NGOs and government agencies is believed to give community strength to support their on-going efforts in protecting the forest, thus promoting environmental and social justice. We will explore the geographical heart of Borneo in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The area is covered by some of the last remaining primary rainforests worldwide, that harbors an extraordinary high biodiversity and local communities that depend on it. We use UAVs for aerial mapping, showing the importance and the beauty of this ecosystem.
Summer is almost upon us and we're getting closer to deploying some test Bobs around the UK. Some initial deployments will be around the Lake District in the Northwest UK as there are quite a few quiet locations to run tests and a few of the lakes are deep enough to really push things. However, whilst Bob is probably up for the challenge - his handlers aren't, so we took to the water this weekend for a kayak initiation session to see which styles would be more suited to our needs and to learn how not to fall off them. Weather permitting we'll be doing some deployment and recovery drills next weekend and maybe move beyond basic paddling / splashing.
Mission Day 6 “Getting high…” This morning the multirotor drones are set free for some fresh air testing. All systems proving clear and operational a first drone is sent up in the blue sky for an opening flight over the Fiskardo bay and harbor with aerial shooting of the Fiskardo Divers boat leaving for the morning dive. Our underwater photographer Phil has joined the boat to do some general surface and underwater filming.
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