Habitat monitoring is fundamental for managing and conserving natural spaces and for discovering the best uses of their resources. Through remote sensing we can collect information that can link concrete criteria in order to predict the evolution of different habitats.
This service is useful both for public administrations that deal with the periodic monitoring of natural spaces, such as Red Natura 2000, as well as for private managers. For example, owners of hunting preserves must monitor the development of their property, and overseers of productive plantations and forest resources must ensure their resources are being used correctly.
Monitoring Red Natura 2000
Article 11 of the Habitats Directive establishes for the States the obligation to maintain surveillance over the state of conservation for species and for habitats of community interest.
Article 17 stipulates moreover that member States must produce a report every 6 years about the application of the devices they have adopted in the framework of the Directive. Said report must include information about the measures of conservation that are referred to in section 1 of article 6, as well as the assessment of the impact of said measures on the state of conservation of habitat types in Annex I and of species in Annex II, and the principal results of the surveillance referred to in article 11.
Through remote sensing, in a process similar to the one implemented in the LiDAR inventories, we can connect variables gathered by different sources, like the multispectral satellite probes or PNOA LiDAR flights, with the parameters that must be reported every 6 years. Some of these parameters have a direct correlation with the information gathered through remote sensing, such as the heights of tree masses or indices of coverage, while others must connect through modeling algorithms.
Our company will develop concrete methodologies for each type of habitat and will compare our sample systems with those traditionally used by the administration.
Managing hunting ranges
One of the main determinants when it comes to properly managing hunting ranges is the habitat. Each hunting species, both big and small game, require spaces with different conditions that allow each species to develop their own activities. Therefore, the managers of these ranges must look after the different habitats, be present in their estates, and develop them in a way that will cater to the needs of each species.
Through a special monitoring system, our company can track the different areas of a hunting range with a marked precision and regularity (even in only 5 days) with the goal of noting any changes that occur and providing necessary information to allow for managers to make opportune, flexible and efficient decisions.
This information, linked with hunting species censuses, can ensure a much more efficient management system, focusing on resources only where they are completely necessary and ensuring an improved economic performance for the hunting range.