In Malaysia, drones are used to monitor and enforce forests


In Malaysia, drones are used to monitor and enforce forests

Sarawak Forestry Corporation’s implemented a new initiative called GeoDrone to enhance its forest management activities, including monitoring and enforcement. Sarawak is one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo.
The initiative includes geographic information system technology for a wide range of activities, such as monitoring of forest health, forest resource inventory and wildlife monitoring. Drone surveys can also be used to estimate the existing balance of timber stock, assess compliance with the stipulated harvesting and environment regulations and detect any encroachment outside licensed timber areas.

Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg declared: “The new drone initiative will help us to monitor the development of our forestry sector, which is important to Sarawak’s economy and contributes a lot of revenue". He also promised support to the SFC if it decided to equip the drones with the latest technology available, such as sensors to transmit data directly to its control centre.

The SFC currently uses 58 drones to monitor its area of competence but the aim is to increase its number up to 200.

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