Working closely with NGOs, several Amazon tribes now use drones to watch over the rainforest to note areas where deforestation is occurring, among other illegal actions leading to the natural paradise’s demise.
These tribes depend on the forest as their source of food, homes, and medicine, and so as to save their home and their livelihood from disappearing, they are keeping a close aerial eye on matters.
Unfortunately, parts of the Amazon forest are burning, most of which is due to illegally-started fires created to burn away sections of trees. These cleared areas are they used for illegal crop farming or cattle ranching.
Taking matters into their own hands, six different Amazonian tribes joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Kaninde Ethno-Environmental Defense Association, a Brazilian NGO, to learn how to operate drones. The plan is to map out hard-to-reach areas thanks to high-resolution images, videos, and maps, that have been subjected to illegal activities. These are then brought to local authorities. Currently, 19 drones costing roughly $2,000 each have been donated through the WWF-Kaninde project to 18 organizations focusing on the Amazon.
Source: Interesting Engineering