The Air Force of Peru (FAP) captured more than 20,000 aerial photographs with the help of drones and aircraft from the Madre de Dios region between 7 August, 8 and 9. These recordings describe the consequences of illegal mining and other illegal activities that uncover the forests of the Amazon. This information will be sent to the authorities as evidence for initiating sanctions for environmental crime.
In the first six months of the year, the Peruvian Amazon lost 23 thousand 204 hectares of Amazon rainforest, mainly in Loreto, Madre de Dios and Ucayali, as a result of deforestation for the construction of new roads, activities such as agriculture and illegal mining, according to information from the National Forest Program of the Ministry of Environment (Minam).
The FAP carried out these operations mainly in the airspace of the provinces of Tambopata and Manu. For this they used a C-26B aircraft, equipped with an ADS80 sensor in the air, which makes photographic images, and a FLIR Star Safire HD camera, which records video's with a high resolution.
In addition, they used unmanned aircraft (UAVs) and wing wings with HD, multispectral and photogrammetric video cameras.
The C-26B aircraft (with its ADS80 multispectral camera) traveled 134 linear kilometers of the image, with a total surface area of 26,200 hectares; and with his FLIR sensor he got about 30 hours of video on an area of 161,000 hectares. The UAVs and drones obtained nearly 800 aerial photographs and three hours of video in HD format.
All this information was then worked at the National Amazonic Surveillance Center (CEVAN) in the FAP facilities to improve the registration of illegal activities and their location.
This activity also included the participation of specialized private entities such as Harvard University, APD Peru, UAV Peru, ABTEL Peru, Peru Peru SAR, WeRobotics, APEVANT, Drones Peru and Peru Flaying Labs, all convened by the Peruvian Air Force. .
According to information from the FAP, these images will be delivered to the Public Prosecution Service, the Ministry of Culture, the Regional Government of Madre de Dios and the Harbor Master of the Navy. In addition to the civilian institutions connected with the preservation and protection of the environment and biodiversity in Madre de Dios, such as the Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA) and the Federation of natures of Madre de Dios (Fenamad) .