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WWF Conservation Technology Series: Drones in Conservation


hello drone enthusiasts

Issue #5 of the WWF Conservation Technology Series entitled “Drones for Conservation” launches today:



6 co-authors from University of Exeter Drone Lab, WWF-Germany, WWF-Brazil, Flora and Fauna International have collaborated to deliver this detailed handbook to help all conservation practitioners (not just academics) understand the benefits, the opportunities, and limits of drone technology. Drones are often hailed as a panacea for our conservation problems. In this guide we use the scientific literature and 10 case studies (5 of them from women!) to explain HOW and WHERE drones can safely deliver useful information, and the key considerations surrounding their use.

A heartfelt thank you to James Duffy, Karen Anderson, Felipe Spina Avino, Leon DeBell, Paul Glover-Kapfer for their dedication to producing this issue, which took over two years, and was well worth it.

Follow our conservation technology project on researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/project/Conservation-Technologies-and-Methodologies

And download and share the guide! it's free to download! 

...have you read the post until here?

limited hard copies will be available. If you want one for yourself, post an original drone haiku (5-7-5) in this thread and I will ship you one.

Hi, thanks for sharing this great resource!

Together with other researchers and students we monitor spider monkey populations using drones and thermal cameras in Mexico and my Haiku is inspired by our research. 


How bright you appear 

Against a cold canopy 

Monkey from above


Kind regards from Mexico,

Denise Spaan


Dear Aurelie,

I am interested in the subject, thank you for the post and for the proposal to send the document!
I have just gone through the parts related to tethered balloons, I wonder how big are your balloons? I see that the payload is quite small (less than 300gr). EONEF proposes balloons of 10 and 20 m3 with payloads up to 5kg. Our winches are manual or automatic and we propose a trailer to facilitate the mobility of the system, deflated it fits in boxes in the trunk of a car.
EONEF has the ambition to promote scientific surveys by increasing the coverage area of a sensor (antenna or camera), does this make sense for you? Would it be possible to get in touch?



Hello Aurelie,

Thank you for sharing this info. I just downloaded the brochure and I am sure I will find it very useful. I have senseFly's eBee Classic, with RGB, multispectral and thermal cameras, and look for cases of using those in nature/biodiversity monitoring/management. I guess the brochure will include some cases. Thanks for sharing.
kind regards, Giorgi (from Georgia)