BioCarbon Engineering, headquartered in the United Kingdom, is supported by drone manufacturer Parrot, which has been using flying robots to plant trees on a large scale. It proposes a fast and cheap method of planting trees. Not only that, areas that cannot survive or are not fertile can also be transformed into land where plants can grow. These drones were developed by a former NASA engineer to launch pre-germination seed pods to the ground.
The planting speed of this machine is much faster than the local people are forced to plant by hand, and this method is much cheaper than traditional planting methods.
Humans every year Approximately 9 billion trees were planted and 15 billion trees were cut down. Therefore, we can easily estimate that about 6 billion trees disappear every year.
In order to replant mangrove saplings in Myanmar, BioCarbon has been working side by side with the Global Non-Profit Conservation International Foundation. The effect of planting can be assessed by examining adult saplings that have grown to 20 inches in height.
BioCarbon project co-founder Irina Fedorenko told us that they have now confirmed under what conditions and what species can be grown, and are ready to expand at any timePlanting scale to replicate this successful case.
Functions of the drone
First, the drone scans the terrain to create a 3D map. Then use the algorithm to calculate the most effective planting pattern in the area.
The seed-loaded drone launches seeds to the ground at a rate of one seed per second. If scaled up, 60 drone teams can plant 1 billion trees every year.
The BioCarbon team has tested its technology in different locations and recently planted seeds in a historic mine in Dungog, Australia Relevant engineers estimate that their method is nearly 10 times faster than traditional methods, and the cost is only 20% of the cost of manual planting. Because it does not involve heavy machinery, it makes it difficult to access roads or steep and inaccessible It is possible to plant trees in terrain and hard-to-reach areas.
Another startup in Oregon is trying to createCreate a new era of "precision forestry", using drones to plant trees, spray chemical fertilizers and herbicides.
The potential of drones
At the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, Norway announced a $400 million fund , In order to initiate investment in deforestation-free agriculture in countries committed to reducing forest and peat degradation.
With the development of agriculture, large tracts of forest are cut down every year, and the reason is to pave the way for the cultivation of soybeans, palm oil, cocoa and other crops and cattle breeding.
It is estimated that 74,000 to 94,000 square miles of forest are cut down every year, meaning that 48 football fields the size of forest disappear every minute.
With the help of drones, people can Planting 4 million trees will completely change the data worldview of the Myanmar community planting more than 6 million trees in the past 7 years.
If two workers are trained to operate 10Human and machine, 400,000 trees can be planted every day. It is speculated that if this proves to be successful, drones will soon help restore degraded forest coverage around the world.
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