Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Tree-planting drones for restoring rainforest and protecting livelihoods in Lake victoria Basin.
Explain your idea in details:
For decades, the world has talked about Climate Change. Plans and strategies to reverse the direction of change have been developed by those who understand the reality of the situation. Although global climate is changing at an ever increasing rate; costing billions of dollars with millions of people displaced, Ugandans continue to lose their forest cover at rate of 1.76% every year and has already lost 70% in the last 30 years. It is expected that Ugandans will lose total forest cover within the next 50 years. To reverse the direction of climate change, Rainforest and River Association (RARA) is using tree-planting drones designed by BioCarbon Engineering to help restore rainforest, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the livelihoods in Lake Victoria basin. This tree-planting drone technology is adapted to survey the terrain and then disperse seeds at high speed across massive areas. Once an area is identified, survey drones gain detailed terrain data and generate high quality 3D maps of the area to be reforested. This data enables an outline landscape to be designed and agreement on planting patterns. The typography of the soil is mapped and RARA team works with ecologists to determine the right species to plant. Biodegradable seed pods containing germinated seeds are then carried by the drones and released using precision agriculture techniques to increase uptake rates. Drone technology is 10 times more effective than traditional hand-planting. Just one drone can carry 150 seed pods, firing them at a rate of one every second. This enables it to reforest one hectare every 20 minutes but by adding more drones, the speed and scale of seed planting increases exponentially. The average human being can plant around 1,500 seeds per day whereas a pair of BioCarbons drones can manage nearly 100,000 in the same period.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Rainforest and River Association will implement this project in line with achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, in addition to effective mitigation of CO2 contributing to the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement. This project will help us to prevent ecological collapse and provide valuable synergetic benefits: Provide up to 50% forest food and 50% more aquatic food especially in Lake Victoria and rivers surrounded by rainforests. Forest cover around water bodies provide better and secured breeding habitat for fish. Tropical rainforest trees will be significant in addressing negative climate effects by naturally sequestering more than 1 billion ton of CO2 over the first 20 years of operations. Tree planting will help in creating high value-added livelihood opportunities to disadvantaged rainforest communities by reducing poverty especially among women by raising orchards, collecting palm oil fruit and rubber and bee honey, and providing other new sources of revenue hence saving lives and improve environmental health for millions of people in adaptation to climate change.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
With help of BioCarbon Engineering, we will begin by trying of tree planting drones at project site and training of local planting teams. Rainforest and River Association partnering with National Forestry Authority (NFA) and ecologists will work together in the collection of seeds and raw materials. Rainforest and River Association team will design of the ecosystem service assessment and evaluation standard and associated economic valuation models. Rainforest and river Association will lead the deployment of tree planting drones in the Lake Victoria basin. Rainforest and River Association will carry out all post-planting monitoring. For Rainforest and River Association to earn income and ensure project sustainability, we also contract with private commercial foresters to help them in tree-planting and monitoring and make their reforestation more efficient. We also sustain our organizations by entering into funding competitions and we use winnings to pay our workers, office facilities and buying more planting drones in order to make our work more efficient
My name is Mutambi Samuel born on 14th/April/1988, a graduate of School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences at Makerere University. I am the founder of an innovative forestry start-up called Rainforest and River Association (RARA) that uses the technology of BioCarbon Engineering of using drones for forest restoration in Lake Victoria basin of Uganda. To start this idea, I was influenced by the raising youth unemployment that stands at 83%, water pollution caused by soil erosion and the increasing food shortage brought about by the effects of climate change in Uganda. For this reasons, we started Rainforest and River Association with the purpose of saving lives and fighting climate change by rapidly regrowing the rainforests of vulnerable communities in Lake Victoria with drones.