Marut Drones Launches India's First Reforestation Drone Services
By siliconindia | Monday, 20 November 2023, 02:46:44 PM IST
Marut Drones has launched Seedcopter 2.0, India’s first reforestation drone. Corporate entities can engage in CSR and reforestation by using Seedcopter services. This initiative aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 13, 15, 17 & 9) and helps manage the corporate carbon footprint while positively impacting the environment. Deforestation is a pressing global concern. Marut Drones is utilizing Seedcopter 2.0 technology and community engagement to mitigate its devastating effects. The Seedcopter has been instrumental in planting one crore trees across nine states, showing undeniable success. The 'Hara-Bahara' campaign aims to plant One Billion Trees by 2030 and has already restored 900 forests.
Prem Kumar Vislawath, CEO of Marut Drones, expressed his enthusiasm for making Seedcopter 2.0 available for corporate use with a CSR perspective, stating, "With Seedcopter, we’re not just planting trees; we’re sowing hopes of replanting a forest, one drone at a time. By making Seedcopter 2.0 available as a service for corporate entities, we aim to extend the reach of drone technology, inviting more stakeholders to contribute to India’s green coverage. As stewards of this planet, we have a duty to revive the forests we’ve lost".
Seedcopter's approach is based on combining community science with cutting-edge technology. Marut has already empowered 15000 women from 200 communities. The organization's ultimate goal is to empower women and communities in 1400 districts to participate in reforestation efforts. Marut actively involves local communities in preparing seed balls, which not only contributes to ecological well-being but also helps to uplift the socio-economic conditions of these communities.
These drones are meticulously designed to disperse seed balls in challenging terrains, including valleys and foothills, providing access to even the most remote areas. The drones significantly reduce the time and labor required for afforestation, offering an efficient and cost-effective solution. Notable environmentalists like Padmashree Jadav Payeng from Assam, popularly known as the Forest Man of India, and Padmashree Daripalli Ramaiah from Telangana are key ambassadors for the ‘Hara Bahara’ campaign.
Seedcopter starts its mission by conducting a comprehensive aerial survey and mapping of the target areas. This provides crucial insights into the topography, soil conditions, and vegetation, which are used to make informed decisions during seeding. Seedcopter releases the seeds with precision, ensuring an even distribution across the target terrain, resulting in a higher germination rate and increasing the chances of tree growth. Post-planting monitoring is carried out using data hubs established to track the progress of the planted seeds. This data-driven approach helps to evaluate the success of afforestation efforts and fine-tune strategies for future projects.
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