DMCii imagery, along with Geodan's Earthwatchers social network have been used by Greenpeace Argentina to halt deforestation in the El Impenetrable forest, Argentina. Earthwatchers gives students an active part in stopping deforestation by giving them access to high frequency satellite imagery (in this case provided by DMCii) of a certain area of forest to monitor for changes. They can raise an alert if change is detected and, if corroborated by other users, ground teams are dispatched to investigate and engage local authorities to stop forest clearance. In this case, Greenpeace Argentina successfully lobbied the local Chaco government to halt deforestation and protect the forest.
To read more, visit DMCii's blog.
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