The Amazon is losing its ability to regulate rainfall because it’s losing too many trees. If current deforestation rates continue in the Amazon basin, global weather will be affected. The Americas, including Mexico, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico would be the hardest hit by more frequent severe weather conditions such as storms and heat waves.
Through the Amazon Indigenous REDD+ initiative, Ascencio and other rangers like him are working to save the forest that sustains life in their community and regulates weather across the globe.
To understand what is happening in ecosystems, governments and environmentalists often begin by creating a map of risks. This isn’t always easy from the ground.
In the case of the Maldives, with 188 inhabited islands spread over a vast area, it can be very costly and take a lot of time. To realistically map 11 islands, it would normally take almost a year. Facing imminent danger from rising sea levels, the Maldives doesn’t have time to waste.
To speed things up, UNDP partnered with DJI, a leading drone company from China. DJI’s drones offered a bird’s eye view and helped scientists and conservationists map an entire island in a single day.