Success story

The methodology of aerial surveillance has proven to be simple and highly efficient: For example, the deforestation rate from slash-and-burn agriculture has been reduced by 50 % in the new protected area Ranobe-PK32 and by 80 % in the south of Tsimanampesotse National Park between November 2010 and November 2012.
In Ranobe-PK32, approximately 5,000 hectares of forest have been protected from being burned between November 2010 and November 2012!

In 2012, the project was awarded the Belgian Energy and Environment Award in the category “Belgians Abroad”.

Award website

The use of aerial photographs has many advantages over relying on satellite images. An overflight campaign is 7 to 8 times cheaper as compared to the purchase of recent high-definition satellite images. The geolocalisation based on aerial photos is intuitive and easy to learn, and thus represents a tool that is well adapted to the Malagasy context.

	© WWF MWIOPO / Xavier Vincke
Healthy forest in the protected area of Ranobe PK32
© WWF MWIOPO / Xavier Vincke

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