Forests: How can they be preserved using space technology?

  • Elna Schutz
  • Economic Affairs Correspondent

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Congo River and surrounding forests

“You can’t organize and manage what you don’t know,” says environmental campaigner Leonidas Nzigyemba.

“To improve the situation of forests, we need to use new technology,” he adds.

Leonidas Nzigyemba is the chief supervisor of five protected forest areas in Burundi, the small country in central Africa.

Over the past two decades, he and his team have worked with local communities to protect and manage forests, and Nzijiemba’s face lights up when he describes the fresh scent and beauty of the regions. “It’s pure nature,” he says.

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