A UAV-Based System for Anti-Poaching Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Bili Landscape, Democratic Republic of the Congo

A UAV-Based System for Anti-Poaching Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Bili Landscape, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The University of Maryland has partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone)-based system for collecting aerial photographs and real-time video for reconnaissance and surveillance in the Bili Mbomu Target Zone. The focus of the project will be to procure resources, build capacity for AWF ecologists and ICCN eco-guards, and prototype the development of protocols for effective deployment of UAVs to support anti-poaching efforts and systematic integration with existing ground-based data collection systems. 

A photo of human settlement captured by the UAV in the Bili study area, DRC
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