UK Space Agency sets rainforest protection project in motion
Rocketeer — Tue, 07/02/2017 - 11:29pm
The UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme (IPP) has awarded a contract worth £14.2 million to a sustainability software and data company to protect against deforestation and improve forest management across 300 million hectares of tropical forests - an area 12 times the size of the United Kingdom.
In the largest contract so far to come from the £150 million UK Space Agency programme, Edinburgh-based company Ecometrica will lead an international consortium that brings together many of the world's leading experts on forest monitoring as part of the IPP's 'Forests 2020' project..
As part of the project, Ecometrica will sub-contract experts from the Universities of Edinburgh and Leicester, and fellow Edinburgh company Carbomap, a specialist in LiDAR forest mapping. The project will also see Ecometrica bring together various partners in Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya and Mexico, where Earth observation laboratories will be set up to assess threats to rainforests and help direct conservation resources. The project is due to complete in March 2020.