Technology has become central to reforesting at a large scale. Our TechTeam constantly challenges themselves by fighting against the elements of degraded land to bring it back to life. Using drone technology offers large scale monitoring, providing accurate data to optimize tree potential and aid this nature based solution against climate change.
In a series of interviews, key members of our tech team explain their roles and show how data and technology help them innovate the reforestation value chain. Next up, our Restoration ecologist- Gautham Ramchandra.
Before Land Life, I spent a lot of time working in various conservation projects in India. First, I spent two years in the rainforest tracking king cobras and then at a tiger reserve dealing with invasive plant species. In 2015 I started my masters at Wageningen University, studying Nature Conservation and Management, when my professor introduced me to Land Life. And that’s how I got my foot in the door.
I hadn’t for a while. But on a recent trip to northern Spain I got to see three!
Currently my role is Restoration Ecologist. But I see it as much more. I am involved in everything: the planning stages of proposed projects; choosing the tree species and the best technology to use. What’s really exceptional is that we don’t plant and forget. Instead, we monitor and track the trees we put in the ground.
When you are on the ground you don’t notice scale, but by using the drone you can. The drone enables us to see how much we are impacting the ecosystem at a large scale. What would take a large team on the ground weeks, the drone can accomplish in a few hours.Therefore, drones help us monitor large tracts of land and gather valuable data that help us design better restoration projects.
I enjoy the fieldwork and being able to work in different areas. Moving to degraded land in temperate zones, compared to tropical, has taught me to adapt my knowledge according to the site. Being able to work, use and apply the new technology is really useful as it helps you to make the best educated guess. Nothing is 100%, but we try to reduce the uncertainty factor.
What most amazes me is the scale. When I joined, I think we were trying to plant 100,000 cocoon trees. Now, this year we are aiming to plant 1 million trees. I am very proud to see that Land Life Company continues to grow, increases capacity and is becoming a leader in restoration.