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Drones Transforming Abu Dhabi Deserts: The Role of Drones in Greening Initiatives

Drones Abu Dhabi is embarking on a groundbreaking initiative to revitalize its ecosystems through a strategic partnership with environmental technology company Dendra. Seeding drones, with the capacity to cover vast areas daily, are at the forefront of this transformative endeavor.

Precision Seeding for Arid L0andscapes

These innovative drones, capable of carrying 53 species simultaneously, bring precision to planting locations and monitoring efforts. The collaboration leverages data and artificial intelligence solutions to preserve environmental habitats, protect local species, and restore ecological balance in wild and mangrove areas.

Current Initiatives and Trials: Drones 

The initial trial for arid restoration is underway in Al Dhafra, where drones conduct aerial seeding in the desert. Overcoming traditional seed dispersal challenges, Dendra’s method accelerates cultivation rates and allows the reintroduction of native species without irrigation.

Commitment to R&D-Powered Supply Chain

Anas Jawdat Albarguthi, COO at ADQ, emphasizes Abu Dhabi’s commitment to developing an “R&D-powered supply chain” for reintroducing native plant species to deserts and mangroves.

EAD Oversight and Mapping Initiatives

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) oversees the trial’s analysis, evaluating the feasibility of large-scale rehabilitation. EAD’s environmentalists conduct field surveys to map natural vegetation habitats and their interactions with human influences.

Harnessing Drone Technology for Habitat Rehabilitation

Ahmed Al Hashmi, Executive Director at EAD, details the plan to use drone technology for habitat rehabilitation based on extensive mapping of Abu Dhabi’s natural vegetation. This aligns with the overarching goal of conserving native terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

CEO Insights and Addressing Unique Challenges

Dr. Susan Graham, CEO at Dendra, highlights the technology’s efficacy in addressing unique challenges, particularly in Abu Dhabi’s vast arid landscapes and extensive coastlines. This initiative follows ea`rlier efforts, including coral restoration in the Arabian Gulf through the deployment of artificial 3D-printed reef tiles.

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