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How Village Earth is using drone mapping technology to verify reforestation efforts in Madagascar

Reforestation is a practical and cost effective way to combat climate change. Watch this short video to learn the drone mapping process Village Earth developed and implemented for PrintReleaf to verify its reforestation efforts in their planting sites around the globe. According to the United Nations “forests act as carbon sinks, absorbing roughly 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.” However, as reforestation efforts increase in numbers and scope around the globe, there is also an increased need for rapid and cost effective methods to quantify the impact of these efforts. With this in mind, Village Earth has developed a cost effective procedure for assessing reforestation efforts using low-cost consumer grade UAV’s that it can deploy anywhere around the globe. Watch this brief video to see how we’re using this approach to assess reforestation efforts in Madagascar for PrintReleaf.

Verifying reforestation efforts using consumer drone technology.

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Spring II Session

GSLL 1517 – Community-Based Organizing

Taking a practical “hands-on” perspective, this course will explore the theories, tools, styles and challenges of community-based organizing. It will discuss practical strategies for developing community leadership and working with marginalized communities, exploring the ideas and examples from Evo Morales, Paulo Freire, Saul Alinsky, Sub-Comandante Marcos, the Bridge Immigrant Rights experiment and Martin Heidegger.

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GSLL 1512 – Micro-Finance Projects : Sustainable Community Development and the Role of Women

The role of micro-enterprises in developing communities is crucial. This course examines the process of identifying projects to fit the needs of people and equipping individuals with the basic skills to run these projects. Of particular emphasis is the role of women in the process. Projects oriented towards women are important means of increasing their self esteem – which can have far reaching economic and social impact on the entire community.

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