Traditionally, forest owners / managers and carbon credit project developers have relied on manual approaches for monitoring and managing their forests. These methods often involve labor-intensive, time-consuming, and costly on-the-ground inspections. While collecting field data from local communities who know the land is valuable, satellite-based remote monitoring has revolutionized the way forests are monitored and managed. Satellite imagery, combined with sustainable forestry expertise and climate modeling, provides powerful insights into past, present and future forest conditions. This enables owners and managers to make informed decisions and optimize their management practices, so as to increase the health and value of their land.
In this article, we will explore the key benefits of remote monitoring for forest owners and managers.
1- Enhanced forest management and planning
Satellite monitoring offers forest owners and managers real-time and comprehensive information about their forests, such as tree species, tree age, soil type, photosynthetic activity, past, previous, and future timber volume or carbon sequestration levels.
Combined with a good understanding of sustainable forestry practices, this data allowed them to make more informed decisions regarding forest management practices such as harvesting, replanting, and conservation efforts. By analyzing satellite imagery, they can accurately assess the past, current and future condition of their forests, enabling better planning and resource allocation over the short and long-term.
2- Anticipation of the impact of climate change on your forest
Satellite monitoring combined with climate models provide valuable data on mid and long term parameters impacting your land such, as temperature or precipitation. At Everimpact we use IPCC scenarios to model climate change up to 2100.
By understanding the changes and trends, forest managers can develop adaptation strategies to mitigate them. Recently, we recommended to a forest manager in Japan to plant more broad leaf trees as they would be more adapted to a drier climate.
3- Real time detection of risks and disturbances
Satellite data can help identify and alert forest owners and managers about events such as wildfires, pest outbreaks, or illegal logging activities. This early warning system allows them to take prompt action, mitigate risks, and minimize damage. Timely detection of disturbances is crucial for effective forest management and protection.
Satellites can also detect subtle changes in vegetation health, enabling early identification of disease outbreaks or pest infestations. This early warning system is crucial for forest managers to implement timely and targeted interventions, preventing the spread of diseases and minimizing economic losses.
4- Conservation of forest biodiversity
Satellite imagery assists forest owners and managers in identifying areas of high biodiversity value within their forests. By pinpointing these regions, they can focus their conservation efforts towards ensuring the protection of critical habitats and species. Satellite monitoring also helps monitor changes in habitat conditions and the impact of management practices on biodiversity, supporting effective conservation strategies. Positive biodiversity impact can also be added as a co-benefit of carbon sequestration when generating carbon credits.
5- Cost-effective forest monitoring
Manual on-the-ground forest inspections can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and expensive especially for large areas. Satellite-based monitoring offers a cost-effective solution by eliminating the need for extensive manual efforts. It provides a comprehensive view of the forests over extended periods, allowing owners and managers to monitor vast areas without the need for physical presence.
6- Compliance monitoring
Satellite-based monitoring plays a significant role in enforcing compliance with forestry regulations and detecting illegal activities such as unauthorized logging or encroachment. Forest owners and managers can utilize satellite data to demonstrate their adherence to sustainable practices, enhance transparency, and protect their legal rights. This monitoring mechanism enhances accountability and supports responsible forest management.
7- Access to premium carbon credits
Utilizing satellite data allows owners and managers to monitor their forests and accurately quantify and verify the amount of carbon stored in their land in the past, present, and future while taking into account the impact of climate change. This precise measurement and monitoring of carbon stocks and biodiversity, enhances the credibility and transparency of their carbon offset projects. With robust evidence of past, current and future carbon sequestration, projects can be eligible for participation in premium carbon markets. Access to these markets allows forest owners and managers to unlock additional revenue streams, promote sustainable forest management practices, and eventually increase their contribution to global climate change mitigation efforts.
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