Small Drones for Community-Based Forest Monitoring : An Assessment of Their Feasibility and Potential in Tropical Areas

  title={Small Drones for Community-Based Forest Monitoring : An Assessment of Their Feasibility and Potential in Tropical Areas},
  author={Jaime Paneque-G{\'a}lvez and Michael K McCall and Brian M. Napoletano and Serge A. Wich and Lian Pin Koh},
Data gathered through community-based forest monitoring (CBFM) programs may be as accurate as those gathered by professional scientists, but acquired at a much lower cost and capable of providing more detailed data about the occurrence, extent and drivers of forest loss, degradation and regrowth at the community scale. In addition, CBFM enables greater survey repeatability. Therefore, CBFM should be a fundamental component of national forest monitoring systems and programs to measure, report… CONTINUE READING
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