Good results: Amazon Tribes uses Drones


WWF in Brazil helping Amazon tribes use Drones for the protection of the land, now they are getting benefits from today technology.

The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau is a tribe isolated from the rest of the world until 1980s decade with 250 people in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, they maintain some of their tribal habits and recently started to using drones to protect their lands.

Awapy Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, is a member of the tribe 28 years old, told in an interview to CNN the main purpose of the tribe and their feelings on nature:

Nature is everything to us,It is our life, our lungs, our hearts. We don’t want to see the jungle chopped down. If you chop it all down, it will definitely be hotter, and there won’t be a river, or hunting, or pure air for us.

Awapy Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau

Awapy and other leaders from 6 Indigenous communities learned to use drones since last December to operate it to track the deforestation over their territory, sponsored by WWF and a local NGO focused in the protection of Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau tribe.

The Amazon threat

In the Amazon forest there’s many illegal logging added to the fire rages force the will of Awapy to protects his land and the drone technology fits very well with this motivation, Felipe Spina Avino, Senior Conservation Analyst from WWF in Brazil declares to CNN: “They really accepted the technology with open arms, and really started to use it.”

But the Awapy work makes some people uncomfortable, because he had receive some threats from land-grabbers and illegal loggers, which is a common way to act against the Brazilians who faces the Amazon forest.

Awapy also declares to CNN about this situation: “I receive more and more threats, and people are closing in on me, checking my routine”.

The results of Drone technology

The WWF – Kaninde project has donated a total of 19 drones to 18 organizations focused on Amazon protection, costing around US$2,000 each, including the training in the operation and the results now is plausible.

Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau tribe lands in a roughly 7,000 square-mile area of jungle and the traditional monitoring labor is not easy, Drones allow them to cover the territory with GPS technology and high-resolution images to create the reports to corresponding authorities.

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The results are good with Amazon Tribes uses Drones, The first team using a Drone found a 1.4 hectare area that had been illegally cleared of trees, days later they record a video of a helicopter spreading grass seed, a chemical to prepare the land for cattle pasture, says WWF.