We Robotics | Senegal Flying Labs counts waterbirds with ATLAS for biodiversity conservation

03.05.2021

Article by Senegal Flying Labs.

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Senegal Flying Labs, the National Parks Director, and the Directorate of Community Marine Protected Areas have signed a partnership for training and research on new technologies for sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. This partnership will allow:

  • The development and implementation of training and research program, and active monitoring and bio-ecological strategies;
  • Access to scientific knowledge, documentation, publications, and conferences;
  • Technical and administrative support; and
  • Mutual promotion and participation in relevant exchanges.

A training session for the Ministry’s agents took place in January 2020 in Palmarin to introduce drone technology and remote sensing software. To set the foundation for the collaboration, the director of Senegal Flying Labs organized a co-creation workshop. This workshop, conducted on November 11, 2020, at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal (MEDD), follows the signing of the partnership agreement and aims to identify the concrete needs of the various technical departments of the MEDD and to see to which degree the use of the drone can provide innovative answers. The preservation of biodiversity requires the identification, quantification, and management of natural heritage and ecosystem services. 

During the journey to Djoudj, the Ministry’s agents weighed the importance of using technology. This was a first in Senegal. It took a lot of methodology and skill for the Senegal Flying Labs team to collect the data by combining drone technology such as the Phantom 4 Pro V2 and the ATLAS AI platform (by SPH Engineering), which is a unique digital platform for aerial image storage, map creation, object detection/counting, and territory segmentation.

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