Deforestation is a huge problem our planet is facing. It is estimated that the world loses between 74,000 and 95,000 square miles of forest a year – that’s an area the size of 48 football fields lost every minute. Around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions are linked to deforestation. No matter the efforts to plant new trees, there’s a net loss of 6 billion trees a year. Planting just can’t keep up with the speed at which chopping down occurs. Hand planting trees is slow and expensive.
A new method of planting trees quickly and cheaply has been developed by BioCarbon Engineering backed by drone manufacturer Parrot. It involves drone technology that will also help plant trees in difficult to access areas.
How Does It Work?
The process involves several stages:
- The drone generates a 3D map of the area after it scans the topography
- Sophisticated algorithms help define the most efficient planting patterns
- The drone fires pods with germinated seeds into the ground at a rate of one per second! The pods are biodegradable and designed to enhance germination success.
- Subsequent post-planting monitoring
This is a highly scalable solution. 60 drone teams could plant 1 billion trees a year. According to the system’s engineers, this method is about 10 times faster and only 20% of the cost of hand planting.
Drones could fight deforestation by planting 1 billion trees a year.