This year unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be deployed by the Brazilian Forest Service (SFB) to monitor logging concessions granted by the federal government. Drones have already been used on a trial basis and the idea is that they could replace some of the tasks of technicians in the field speeding up the tracking of timber. Trials suggest using drones it is possible to assess sourcing and movement of 25,000 cubic metres of timber (about 700 loaded trucks), within a few hours.
According to ITTO, the end of 2015 there were more than 875,000 hectares of logging concessions supplying around 1 million cubic metres of raw material annually. The Brazilian Forest Service estimates that by 2022 the area of forest concessions could reach 7 million hectares.
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