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Geo information and satellites guard native forests

Chaco uses first class technology to take care of its natural resources. The Geo information system is powered by satellite images.


The province of  Cha  c  or  is the only one with a specific unit for this type of remote sensing service. It is called the Geo Information System and works on the generation of information for different technical bodies and academic institutions. There is also direct involvement of other powers of the State.

Undersecretary of Natural Resources, Luciano Olivares, stressed that the Geo Information System obtains satellite images and processes them. This occurs in the center located in the former Cosecha building in Saenz Peña.This allowed the detection of an illegal dismantling north of the Dead River and allowed the abduction of a bulldozer.

Information from Landsat, Spot, Sentinel and Resourcesat satellites is regularly analysed by the Geo Information Centre. This allows permanent knowledge of the progress of permits authorized by the Forestry Authority and also to detect illegal activities.

 The information is crossed 

All the information generated is intersected with the digital documentation provided by forest engineers and agronomists in the presentation of projects. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is generated, and this confirms that the jobs are running correctly. Each project and execution must comply with the authorized  technical  plans. In the case of checking excesses or activities outside limits, action is taken quickly and activities are stopped. This is done together with the control and control department to stop activities.

 Early warning system 

They have a work scheme in which the entire forest mass of the Chaco is monitored. Geo information when detecting an affected area of forests, uses information from the provincial cadastre and identifies the person responsible. A file is prepared that will allow the team of lawyers and inspectors to enter the premises and stop the illegal dismantling. This early warning system is working in conjunction with the Secretary of Environment of the Nation (Sayds). The Sayds routinely submits reports that are documented and processed by the Provincial Forest Directorate.

 Forest monitoring 

In 2019, the Under-Secretariat for Natural Resources opened a  web  space for free access to information on forest loss on an annual and quarterly basis. The aim is to make society aware of the situation of native forests and have this kind of public information, Olivares said. In this way, the Geo information system does not work alone, but does it together with the State and society.

Source:  Diario Norte 

Publication Date: 26/11/2019

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