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Airbus Defence and Space helps protect Africa’s forests …

... with satellite imagery

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First satellite imagery portal aimed at protecting the forests of Africa

Congo BasinBy developing space technology to monitor the effectiveness of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Airbus Defence and Space is helping to fight climate change.

Airbus Defence and Space, via its GEO-Information business, and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have launched a portal to provide satellite imagery of the forests in the Congo Basin to organisations working to conserve the region’s forests. Over 600 SPOT satellite images will now be directly accessible.

By comparing archive imagery against new images it will now possible to track changes in the Congo Basin’s forest cover. Administrations, public institutions and NGOs working on sustainable forest governance in the region will be using the images and the accompanying value-added services to more effectively monitor land use – a key to the sustainable management of the forests in Central Africa. The data is also crucial for measuring the effectiveness of national strategies and defining plans of action as part of the REDD+ programme (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation).

 

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