The State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of Kyrgyzstan has purchased multifunctional unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to combat poachers, pests and insects, as well as forest fires.
The state agency noted that the drones were in a new technical-operational state and were manufactured in 2018 in China. The officials paid 2,280 million soms for 8 drones.
The competition for the purchase of drones was held by the Republican Fund for Nature Conservation and Forestry Development under the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry. The supplier of drones is Kasymov private company.
The state agency has already conducted a successful test of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Drones were distributed among specialized structures and subordinate departments of the agency.
Currently, there is an acute shortage of satellite images of high spatial and temporal resolution during forest management works. The use of an unmanned aerial vehicle can serve as an alternative source of Earth remote sensing data. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles in forest management allows to get relevant information in a short time and take pictures in the infrared range for the study of forest plantations. Also, thanks to the multispectral camera, it is possible to determine the species composition of the woodland and other taxation parameters.
Officials point out that Kyrgyzstan is one of the first CIS countries to acquire this type of drone.
Earlier, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has transferred four multifunctional unmanned aerial vehicles to the state agency, the press service of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry reports.