Experts from the World Bank’s Innovation Lab visited Argentina to demonstrate the potential of drones in forest management. This activity was implemented in the framework of the partnership with the Native Forests and Community Project, which seeks to promote the sustainable use of forests in northern Argentina.
“Drones can be an option to improve the management and protection of forested areas by offering high-resolution images quicker and more economically than traditional tools such as airplanes and satellites,” explained Bruno Sánchez-Andrade, a scientist at the Innovation Lab and an expert in geospatial analysis. He was accompanied by specialist Kiwako Sakamoto.
The drone testing was conducted in two areas within the province of Santiago del Estero: on the Francisco Cantos Field at the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) and in Copo National Park. Government officials, NGO officers, members of the private sector and academics were among those who witnessed the testing.
“The high-resolution images enable community members to easily recognize their own lots and view the dimensions of their work areas,” said Peter Jipp, director of the Native Forests and Communities Project, which is supported by the World Bank.