The UK Space Agency will fund a three-year £5.3 million project in Guatemala to use cutting edge technology to tackle illegal logging.
Guatemala’s National Institute of Forestry (INAB) signed the agreement to implement a system of Forestry Management and Protection (FMAP). In so doing, INAB is helping implement the country’s national plan of action to reduce and prevent illegal logging (PIPRTIG).
The funding is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), a five-year, £152 million programme, which supports the use of British expertise in satellite technology for international projects monitoring and addressing significant social and environmental issues.
The main objective of the agreement is to reduce the causes of deforestation in the departments of Peten, Alta Verapaz and Baja Verapaz by using cutting edge technology such as satellite remote sensing and the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The project will monitor Guatemala’s forests from space with software installed in mobile phones or tablets.