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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

Summer II Session

GSLL 1501 – Approaches to Community Development

This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
Design a development project based on the Village Earth model
Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

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Summer I Session

GSLL 1524 – Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

This course will examine entrepreneurship and enterprise generation as a key foundation of the development of both economic and social capital, as well as individual and community empowerment. Its main emphasis will be the exploration of entrepreneurship with an imperative to drive social change and build sustainable ventures.

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