We use emerging technologies to deliver precision planting and mapping to increase the uptake rates and the likelihood of healthy forest development.
There are a variety of tree-planting techniques, including planting by hand and delivering dry seeds by air. However, hand-planting is slow and expensive, and spreading dry seeds results in low uptake rates.
Our solution balances these two methods. First, by using precision agriculture techniques, we increase uptake rates. Second, our scalable, automated technology significantly reduces the manpower requirements and costs. Finally, our mapping UAVs will also provide invaluable intelligence on planting patterns, landscape design and appropriate timing.
BioCarbon Engineering’s founder, ex-NASA engineer Lauren Fletcher and his team recognise that emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones), remote sensing and machine learning can be combined to enable rapid landscape reforestation and restoration.
Currently, over 6.5 billion trees are lost each year due to human activities and natural disasters. At the UN Climate Summit, a commitment was made to restore 350m hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2030 (estimated to require up to 300bn trees to be planted), it is clear that traditional planting techniques will need help in order to achieve these targets. The 2016 COP21 climate conference in Paris reaffirmed the need to take urgent action to reduce carbon in the atmosphere.
“Our technology is making it easier for ecosystem restoration groups, mining companies and forestry groups, both private and public, to plant the trees, where they need them, at a fraction of the time and cost”, says Fletcher.