Illegal logging is a blight on Guatemala’s landscape as more and more forests are decimated, leaving a huge impact on nation’s people and ecology.
Between 1950 and 2002, Guatemala lost half its forest cover. It’s an intimidatingly large problem and the traditional methods of tracking illegitimate logging across the country are getting left behind by the speed and scale of the illegal activity.
FMAP is designed to keep the Guatemalan authorities one step ahead of the game with satellite-driven data that can show logging movements in clear visual ways across the whole of the country.
FMAP is designed to show, in a clear and visual way, where in Guatemala is being affected by deforestation.
We aim to make FMAP a far more cost and work-efficient way of tracking illegal logging. As it stands, governments track the changing shape of the forest using slow processes such as ground patrols and public reporting.
With satellite imagery, we can provide a visual way of highlighting at-risk areas and identifying illegal movements before too much damage is done. The up-front costs are higher, but this method offers a more effective and economic long-term solution.
By combining satellite images with terrestrial data such as legal logging applications, we can streamline all of the information into one easily digestible, visual dataset that clearly marks the areas most affected by illegal activity. The end users can then apply filters to the dataset in order to make it as relevant and useful as possible.
Earth meets space
Astrosat tackles the problems from three different angles, employing different facets of space technology to address each one.
We use satellite technology to observe the landscape. We can watch the forest canopies to see where logging is taking place and cross-reference that with terrestrial data to generate a score for the risk of illegal activity.
Using the same technology we employ for tracking deforestation, we can also observe through satellite imagery where forests are in the process of recovering. INAB offers programmes to incentivise re-afforestation and we can use FMAP to monitor the success of these plans without repeated visits to the sites.
Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas (CONAP), Guatemala. The National Council of Protected Areas of Guatemala. This was created with the aim of protecting the nation’s forests.
Instituto Nacional de Bosques (INAB), the Guatemalan National Forestry Institute, is a public entity responsible for the agriculture public sector in the forestry domain.
Arcas is a non-profit NGO formed in 1989 to help conserve Guatemalas natural heritage, forests and wildlife.
Our partners Telespazio Vega are a space systems company who are similarly committed to using space technology for earth observation, disaster relief and more.
Deimos Space UK is one of our partners for collecting satellite information. They operate a number of satellites and offer image data collected from them.
The UK Space Agency is responsible for the country’s civil space programme and has provided the grants to tackle illegal logging.
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