Why don't people plant trees on empty land? Can anything be done?

Hi @NithinKamath

SayTrees is already doing this in MH - One Village One Forest (OVOF)

Linked video for reference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IykjDnZ68SQ&ab_channel=VimalMylon


Some amazing discussion happening here. I just wanted to drop this link in the thread since it might help with the reforestation/restoration effort -

This is similar to what @Krutika’s team is trying to build

It is free of cost and has all the tech taken care of, allowing anyone to showcase their restoration journey and associated data.

This is what a project would look like

It might also help with forging some new collaborations. Do check it out!

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Hey @a_kumar - thank you for suggesting Restor! We actually do use it, but have overall found that for monitoring newly planted trees - drone images are far more useful than satellite data. Would love to know what you think and also if Restor can incorporate a drone model or a higher res satellite data model?

To give you an example, what we do and our particular use cases are:

  • We need to be able to detect and monitor trees that are as low as 2 feet to right up to maturity, at the individual tree level - the best solution we have found so far is through drone orthomosaics; we are able to accurately map the geolocation, height and now in later stages of the tree (year 4ish onwards) even tree girth diameter (DBH) and species

  • This was extremely hard for us to do, even with satellite data as high a 3m resolution PlanetScope. Purchasing higher res satellite data beyond that is proving to be prohibitively expensive - but our sense is that the 0.5 to 1m res data might be more useful or just as useful as drone data (particularly because we can also get data from these in many more spectral bands, NIR, etc than what the drone can provide us). Would Restor be able to do that, maybe on a pilot basis?

  • We also tried getting the information needed above through tagging QR codes on each tree and then having our staff scan the QR code and enter all relevant data through ODK. This was pretty good upto about 10,000 trees but after that it was problematic in that (1) the amount of plastic QR codes need :scream: :frowning_face: and (2) it was not a very fun job for any of us team members to do this for tree after tree in the heat, even on a quarterly basis and (3) the QR codes didn’t stay for over 1 year (got destroyed in the sun and the rain!). The drone orthomosaic automates the process of tree counting avoiding all of the manual work our staff was doing!

  • We buy and provide farmers with large amounts of drip irrigation systems - the drone photographs allow us to measure with very high degree of accuracy how many feet of drip pipe were purchased and how many were deployed and where exactly. This is also data that we can then provide to our auditors (both carbon and financial). We are now also looking at possibilities of the drone helping us identify problems in the drip - clogged drip points, parts of the pipe chewed by rats, squirrels, etc - which again our staff was originally having to do manually


Thank you for such an insightful and detailed response, @Krutika. I wasn’t aware of the limitations of satellite imagery when compared to drone orthomosaics!

I was wondering if it would be worthwhile to reach out to the restor team with these inputs to inquire if they can support such a feature (uploading time-lapses of orthomosaics and other data) or if they have any alternative solutions.

Would it make sense if Rainmatter threw its weight behind such a request on behalf of all rewilding orgs here?

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@a_kumar - we’ve had a few conversations with Hema @ Restor, but not on integrating high res satellite imagery. They were also working on adding in additional features that would make it easier for organizations to understand and track their on-ground work. We will talk to her again and see what’s new!

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