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Drones for Agriculture

E-Agriculture in Action

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FAO and ITU, together with partners, have been working together in addressing same of the challenges faced in agriculture through the use of sustainable ICTs. One of the latest developments is the increase in the use of small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, for agriculture. Drones have a huge potential in agriculture in supporting evidence-based planning and in spatial data collection. Despite some inherent limitations, these tools and technologies can provide valuable data that can then be used to influence policies and decisions.

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Drones for community monitoring of forests

REDD+ is a voluntary climate change mitigation approach to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conserving forest carbon stocks and sustainably managing forests in developing countries. The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) is a multilateral body that partners with developing countries to support them in establishing the technical capacities needed to implement REDD+. It was established in 2008 and is based on the convening power and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ processes and promotes the informed and meaningful participation of all stakeholders – including indigenous peoples and other forestdependent communities – in the national and international implementation of REDD+. The UN-REDD Programme has been an essential partner through the comparative advantages of each agency, in the case of the community forest monitoring project referred to in this chapter FAO supported the forest monitoring in indigenous territories.

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