White, the founder of the American non-profit rainforest protection organization, installed solar sensors in the rainforest of Sumatra, Indonesia to combat illegal logging.
Large tracts of tropical rainforest in Indonesia are disappearing at an alarming rate under illegal logging. However, Indonesia now has a new “weapon” voice against deforestation.
A year ago, the U.S. non-profit rainforest protection organization established a solar sensor system in the tropical rainforest of West Sumatra, Indonesia, using sensors and audio to detect the sound of illegal logging.
The organization very cleverly used the largest resource of the tropical rain forest-trees, hidden smartphones and solar-powered panels in key monitoring areas, and sent sound samples to the central cloud computing server through the cellular network of the mobile phone, and then identified it through the analysis of the sound data. The sound of chainsaws and trucks entering and leaving the rainforest.
White, the founder of the Rainforest Conservation Organization, said that when he volunteered to participate in a gibbon conservation project in Borneo 10 years ago, he developed this method of protecting forests through sound.
39-year-old White said: “It is difficult to monitor people walking through the forest, but the sound can’t escape, so it’s a good way to monitor forest activities through sound.”
White, who has an engineering background, spent a year. After the solar sensor system was developed, it was immediately tested in Indonesia. With funding from some international technology giants such as Google and Huawei, the organization has installed this sensor system in tropical rainforests in Amazon, Peru, and the Philippines.
He said: “We are basically building a nervous system for the natural world.” He hopes that in the next five to six years, the Rainforest Conservation Organization will be able to install tens of thousands of sensors in tropical rainforests around the world.
Sumatra Ombudsman: Illegal loggers are afraid to come. Local inspectors in Sumatra Province said that since the installation of the sensor system, their monitoring and combating illegal logging have become easier. A forest ranger Jasriati said: “Illegal logging has stopped, and those criminals are afraid to come here.”
According to the dynamic online forest detection warning system “Global Forest Watch”, Indonesia has the global deforestation rate. One of the highest countries. From 2002 to 2019, logging and burning activities caused about 10% of the rainforest to disappear. However, in recent years, the rate of disappearance of the Indonesian rainforest has begun to slow down.
In addition to using technology to combat illegal logging, Indonesian authorities have also stepped up law enforcement efforts. Afriadi, a man in northern Sumatra Province, decided to abandon his illegal logging work for nearly 20 years and plant rice instead of illegal logging because of the authorities’ severe crackdown on illegal logging. He said that although the current income is far lower than before, at least there is no need to live in fear every day.