Monitoring: Bridging the gap between hope for the future and trust in those who have the ‘last say’
Yes, year after year, summit after summit, campaign after campaign, promises have been made that are not always fulfilled. Or at least that is how it appears to the general public.
Swift Geospatial is a firm believer in evidence, and we have the ultimate transparency tool in our arsenal. Yes, this tool both verifies what is being done, where it is being implemented and how situations are improving (or worsening) as days, months and years go by. We believe that remote satellite monitoring is the answer that will not only ease the ongoing tension; but will also aid the decision-makers to make, well, better decisions.
What we call the ‘Superhero of geospatial technology’ (read more about this here), remote sensing has the power to both detect and monitor the physical characteristics of a given area. In the field of deforestation; let us enlighten you on how this can help:
- Daily and near-real-time monitoring will alert user groups if unusual activity – such as illegal logging – is taking place in a protected area. With security alerts in place; immediate action can be taken before it is too late.
- The same alert function may also be used for fire detection- whether they are natural or if protected areas are being illegally slash and burned for agricultural purposes.
In the field of replenishing and rehabilitating these forests, monitoring is a powerful tool used for the overall success for various tree planting schemes; Swift Geospatial can assist with:
- Tracking if the promised tree planting and reforestation is even taking place in any given location as promised- and having a bird’s eye view of the progress thereof.
- Access to historical imagery can monitor tree canopy growth through time; enabling programs to ascertain the difference any given project is making to the focus areas being worked on.
- Monitoring the plant health of any given plantation scheme- an alert system may even be enabled to notify stakeholders of disease before it is seen by the human eye and before it has a chance to spread.
- For more detail, read what we are doing for Ecosia (the search engine that plants trees) here.
Satellite monitoring is thus an underestimated, incredibly powerful tool that not only provides evidence of where these generous, astronomical funds are going; but will also inspire funders and donors to be more involved, for the longer term. Most importantly; we need everyone, whether they are presidents, ambassadors, environmentalists, spokespersons, NGO’s or activists – on board and on the same page.
Monitoring not only provides the evidence, transparency and accountability that is so badly needed; but will also empower decision-makers with clear data as to what is working, and what is not- and thereby informing responsible decisions moving forward.